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Tyler is the ultimate risk/reward pick in the draft. Physically, he has as much talent as anyone, and at a shade under 7'0" with a heavy dose of athleticism, figures to have a very high ceiling. However, he's also got baggage.
Tyler left high school a year early to go play professionally in Israel before quitting midway after averaging only 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in just 7.6 minutes. He then played in Japan for a year where he had some success, averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes while shooting 52 percent from the field.
Is he immature? Sure. Does he have the talent to be a starting center one day and a beast on the defensive end? Yes. For what it's worth, he was projected by NBA scouts two years ago to be a top selection in this draft.
Riley loves his bigs and, if he's available, he may be too tantalizing to pass up. However, always remember this equation, as we learned from Mr. Mike Beasley.
Immaturity and lots of money plus South Beach equals potential disaster.