Tyshawn Tyalor's a tantalizing point guard prospect that spent four years at Kansas due to immaturity in his game on and off the court. Taylor has the size/speed to be a very valuable point guard at the next level, but can he maximize it? He also has the ability to be a combo guard in spurts.
Athletically, Taylor plays with elite speed despite his larger size at 6'4. He has excellent front-line speed and great lateral quickness. He also presents bouncy hops and is in the top tier in terms of athleticism for his position.
As a point-guard, Taylor presents very well at 6’4 with a solid wing-span and great speed. Taylor will need to bulk up however as he too thin to defend pick-and-rolls or go around screens.
Taylor has some pretty big red-flags in altercations he has had off-the-court. While nothing in the last year, he has had a few fights and struggling grades. Teams will have to evaluate if these represent character issues that will become a factor down the line or not.
Basketball IQ and want It factor
Taylor plays hard and is a very aggressive player, but he frequently lacks an understanding of how to utilize that aggression. However, he is a very-hard nosed player that is tough and will battle through adversity.
Taylor’s decision-making leaves a lot to be desired. While much improved this year, he still averaged 3.5 turnovers a game compared to 5 assists a game. He gets in a rush several times and does not know what to do when his initial attack is stopped.
Offensively, Taylor is a mixed bag. He possesses a great first step, has a nice floater, inconsistent, but improving mid-range jumper, and an okay, but unnatural 3 point shot. When Taylor can use his speed to find an opening, he makes solid passes to find the open teammate.
The problem with all of his strengths is that after four years, he is still very inconsistent in both the physical and mental aspects of the game. His shot, while very improved, is still very inconsistent. While not a terrible decision maker, he still makes some horrific passes at critical components of the game.
While gifted in many aspects of the game, Taylor struggles in terms of deciding when to make a move to the basket, stop for the mid-range, re-set the offense, etc…. When in transition, he frequently rushes causing him to make poor decisions.
Defensively, Taylor should thrive at the next level. Taylor is very quick laterally and has very quick hands. Taylor does a good job staying with point-guards and containing the attack off the dribble. At 6’4, he should be quite a disruptive force at the next level defending point guards.
While defending shooting guards, Taylor has the quickness and length to not be a liability but may struggle against stronger twos or fighting through screens with his thin frame.
Overall, Taylor has many similarities to another prospect, Marquis Teague. They both are very fast with the ball, very fast in general, and can defend. Teague is much more fluid with the ball and is a much better scorer as he possesses step-back, more hesitation dribbles, and is a better finisher around the rim. Teague also possesses a higher upside offensively.
Believe it or Taylor plays more under control right now, sees the floor better, is a better shooter from range, and not only plays better defense, but being has two extra inches of height, and can guard shooting guards at times too.
Last year, Taylor would have probably been picked in late teens/early 20’s. This year is such a deep draft that Taylor is projected to be late first/early second despite his best year in college. I think Taylor can be a good player at the next level alone based on his game-changing defense and speed. He can be an above average player if he can slow down a little bit and develop some consistency on his jumper even if it is just mid-range.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
Taylor fits the mold of what the Bulls might need in this draft. He is an extra ball-handler that can guard 1’s and 2’s and occasionally have a good shooting night. My concern with Taylor is can he consistently make good decisions if playing during crunch time? For times in the game, pairing Taylor and Rose is enticing as they will be a blur and can present some game-changing moments. While I like Teague’s upside better, I think Taylor can play more within the system right away and is more versatile in the positions he plays.
While I feel very comfortable drafting Taylor and feel he makes a bigger impact and is a better overall player than say a John Jenkins, Doron Lamb, etc…, I am concerned whether he can mesh with this team right away. With off-the-court concerns also, is he worth taking at pick 29 and giving a guaranteed contract?
Stating all this, I feel very confident if we draft him and him that he'll carve out a solid role for himself on the team. I like him better than Marquis Teague or Will Barton for this team. Normally, I would not say this, but this draft is so deep in quality players from mid-lottery to the early 2nd round that I hope the Bulls get multiple picks in the late first/early second as cheap fill-ins. I hope we consider Taylor or Jared Cunningham if we get multiple picks. Cunningham is a better decision maker, more vertically gifted and has a much better jumper, but Taylor can create better and is a much better ball-handler.