Andris Biedrins is no longer a solid center in the NBA. His lack of confidence and offensive ability has depleted his stock to near-worthlessness. Ekpe Udoh attempted to fill the void at center, and did a decent job, but he will be 24 years old when the season starts, tapping his upside and potential.
For Jeremy Tyler, there is nothing that can tap his upside or potential. The kid can do it all—jump, shoot, score, rebound, pass, dribble and defend. I was jumping for joy when the Golden State Warriors selected him with the 39th overall pick, because I could tell the kid was special from the moment I saw him play.
The only thing holding Tyler back is his attitude. He has had issues in the past, and his work ethic has been questioned by numerous coaches and executives around the league. His overseas stints in Israel and Tokyo were far less than spectacular, adding to the doubts and questions surrounding his name.
Coming out of high school he was a top-five prospect in his class. Had he gone to college instead of ditching overseas to play professionally, it is possible that he could have been a high lottery pick in the draft.
The ability is there, and if Tyler can put it all together, he can seriously challenge Dwight Howard as the best big man in the league. Being a big Warriors fan, I certainly hope he puts in the work and time to be a stud. The Warriors clearly need help down low, so Tyler will definitely see the floor early on in the year. If my dreams come true, he, along with Stephen Curry, will lead the Warriors to the playoffs in 2012.