Jeremy Tyler draft profile


Jeremy Tyler
6'11, 260 lbs., C

Jeremy Tyler's claim to fame was skipping his senior year of high schools to head overseas and get paid for international ball.  Jeremy Tyler was ranked #1 in his class at the time, but his stock has fallen tremendously since heading across the pond though the physical tools, size, athleticism, etc remain. Offensively, Jeremy relies on a jumper in which he shows nice touch out to 18-19 feet.  While he shows some skill in footwork and post moves, he is very raw finisher and struggles to make decisive moves.  With his athletic ability, strength and size he has considerable room to improve.

Jeremy plays passively for a guy his size, relying on a jump shot and lacking the aggression, decisiveness, and finishing ability to dominate the paint.  He lacks passing ability, court awareness, and knowledge of how to utilize his size.

Defensively, Jeremy could control the paint if determined.  He has nice size, a massive wingspan, and the athletic ability to become a game changer.  In terms of style on defense, he comes off similar to DeAndre Jordan.   He is not quick enough to guard face-up fours, but he can control the low post when determined.  However, he hasn't shown the heart to play defense.


Overall, Jeremy's physical tools make him a top 10 guy in terms of potential.  He has a nice jumper for a guy his size, has nice footwork in the post, and can man the paint on defense. 

However, he is very raw with all these skills, has proven to be very immature and lackadaisical in the past, and there have always been red flags around his character.  With a guy his size, athletic ability, and skill, he would normally be picked in the top 5.  With his character concerns and motivation, he could go anywhere from late first to late 2nd.

How does he fit on the Bulls?

Any big man with his potential would fit well on any team.  However, in my opinion, I have rarely seen many potential draft picks work out when there are many character concerns.  The Bulls have an opportunity to make a pick that fits their roster and eventually contributes, and I don't know if I see Jeremy Tyler fitting that profile right away.  

Does any team want to use a first round pick on Jeremy giving him guaranteed money?  My guess is that he will be a second round pick and will have to prove himself to be given a contract by NBA owners. Jeremy would be best off going to a rebuilding team with strong leadership.  

[Doug's note]
This guy was the Eddy Curry of the Japanese league last year.   With his physical tools, how do you not dominate the hell out of the Japanese league?   Seriously?   Still, appealing physical package for a guy who might be sitting there in the second round.


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  • Looks 150-200 pounds short of being Eddy Curry to me.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    I meant more of the big athletic guy who doesn't defend, rebound, or care.

  • He has a jumper which you cannot say for 90% of the Centers in the league. If he can get to Kwame Brown's level on defense, he probably can stay in the league. Most of the busts at Centers except for Eddy Curry(his problem was over-eating)is they don't have anything on offense and are slow footed on defense. Can he be the last big guy on the Bulls?

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    I don't question that he could play in the NBA, but does he want it? I struggle with players that don't show hustle.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Good review on him. I had heard a lot about him but didn't know anything about his actual game. Maybe playing with Mr.Hustle(Noah) everyday will help him out. Hope that GarPax can do good psychological testing on his ability to learning and wanting to win.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    no thank you

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    This is another example why the league is better off without high schoolers going straight to the pros.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    Agreed 100%. And I hope the new CBA increases the age minimum to 20 (2 years of college). That will improve both the NBA and NCAA.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    If this guy went to college for a year or two...he could be in the lottery right now. Anytime you can get a big with athleticism like Tyler has....I think you grab him. You can never have enough bigman. And if Taj or Asik are possibly on the move, you have a guy that can be groomed for a backup role.

    He never got the minutes either when playing overseas and he never had individual coaching over there either, According to draftexpress. If you guys get a chance, watch a couple youtube clips of him. He isnt bad.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    So he can't cut it in the Japanese league coached by former NBA head coach Bob Hill (so a real legit NBA coach), but if he went to college he'd be a stud?

    I think people dramatically overstate the affect college has on kids.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    He played 15min a game an averaged 10ppg and 6reb. Shot 50% from the floor as well an is a good defender. What if he played 25min a game...we could be looking at stats like 16ppg an 8reb. He is athletic an hes big. And if the Bulls are thinking about trading Taj or Asik...he can be a backup that we can groom slowly. Or we can just take another 6'3 combo guard. Ill pass on that.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Id prefer Nikola Vuvecic over this guy though

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    This guy too....Im really liking his game. Shoots the 3, drives the lane, good handle for a 6'10 guy. I read somewhere that a scout was saying he is also lottery talent. I wouldnt mind stashing this guy overseas for a year or 2. Little bit of Dirk an Toni Kukuc in his game imo. Check him out. Theres a video of him against the best USA high school players and he does pretty well against them.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Japanese ball, really? You don't think college would be more beneficial?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and I agree with you, I don't like him, but this also illustartes his poor decision making

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    I can't possibly see how. What would happen if he went straight to the pros? Probably 1/4 of the guys who are drafted each year don't make a team. It's not like he'd be pushing some viable guy off a roster.

  • In reply to DougThonus:

    Let me explain then. If this kid was ranked number one coming out of high school as noted in this article, then he would have been drafted in the lottery had he been able to go straight to the pros. Instead he had to either go to Europe or college. His time in Europe gave NBA teams more information on him. His time in Europe showed his value. The rule saved the team who would have picked him higher last year. The rule is in place to minimize busts and increase the maturity of rookies. It works.

  • In reply to jgingeri:

    it does work

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