Draft profiles: Tyshawn Taylor, 6'4, 180 lbs, PG, Kansas, Senior

Draft profiles: Tyshawn Taylor, 6'4, 180 lbs, PG, Kansas, Senior

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.

Athletic Ability

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.

Off-Court Issues

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.


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  • The draft prospects keep on coming. Thank you Kevin for giving us a look at all these guys during an especially amped pre-draft time.

    As for Taylor, if you like him Kevin, I'm sure his athleticism and upside must be quite good. I watched him play only briefly looking at Thomas Robinson. I just don't see a lot in his stats to suggest future NBA success. I'm not going to get into detail after you just said you liked him. But aside from production, the guy gets into fights/repeated altercations(?) - I'll have to pass.

    What I do find interesting is the strategy you propose of "going cheap" With the looming DeathTax NBA payrolls become ultra-prohibitive in exceeding the cap to the point of taxation. Now in this New World of constrained resources, the temptation to sell high(current roster), and retool or buy cheap certainly comes into play.

    The timing may be coincidental, but real nonetheless. Here you have a by all accounts an especially deep, talented draft. So if ever there was a time to load up on late first/early second round picks, this would be it. Of course for a draft junkie like me, this is what's the word(?).. enabling. Still, you could argue in taking advantage of a new paradigm, in essence a "hard cap," capitalizing on this unique opportunity could be the path to success as opposed to hesitating.

    So what does it take to acquire two late first round picks or say No's 28 and 32? Or could we shoot higher and get 25 and 27? But what would it take? Keeping our own pick at 29. preferably and really adding two. Could it be done for expirings/options such as Doug has suggested? Payroll clearing chunks of $5 or even $3 Million become very valuable.

    Is RIP really part of our future? Kyle Korver had a very good regular season before his injury in the playoffs. C.J. pre-injury actually is a solid player who can ocassionally give you some legit scoring. Ronnie once again was effifient offensively and defensively solid. And all guys you can trade to teams who'll see them clear their payroll next summer which will be a very opportune time for free agents.

    We keep hearing diiffering opinions over the value of current Bulls players like Taj and Omer? Are we "overvaluing" guys as subjective, homer Bulls fans, or in fact throwing away good players after likely garbage? History suggests that offense drives value - whether we agree with that or not. Omer and Taj may be valuable in the playoffs as a stalwart defensive line of bigs. However if their value is non-transferable, why trade them for pennies on the dollar so to speak?

    You could also clear payroll and cash in Deng(or Joakim another defensive stalwart)thereby keeping the two cheaper(even resigned) priced prized defensive bigs? How much do teams value Deng weighing his out until December status and high cost? Yet out of no where you get a polished all around player really at peak of his powers, with the added three ball, a high character guy for a young/rebuilding team, and a very valuable expiring come next summer/final year left? Does Deng and a bad contract back really net you a Harrison Barnes? You might have to throw in the Charlotte pcik I'm thinking.

    Sifting lower perhaps a Houston with a pair of picks at No.'s 14 and 16 already with a plethora of young, undeveloped players/wings you deliver a near all-star in Deng(when healthy). Then, their crowded stable becomes a market of promising young players prime trading chips to improve the team where they need to most. Personally I like this scenario. Especially if we can work in a Kyle Lowry. Though thier front office seems to over value assetts aka could be tough to do business with.

    Tough questions face us. I wish Doug would adress these very issues in an article. What exactly does he feel would it take to acquire two late first rounders(25 and 27 or 26 and 32)? Does he think this is a good idea? Are the Deng scenarios too homerish, or could we get a Barnes, or swim deeper for a couple of mid teens spots as with Houston?

    Clearly the "going cheap" path offers possibly real rewards with a lot less risk. Could they clear enough to keep Deng and the resigned bigs in Omer and Taj? Doesn't sound like it. So if Deng nets you say Houston's picks is that enough rookies to develop, and you abandon the "going cheap" strategy? Pressing questions. The draft that could change the future for the Bulls in a major way is only two weeks away.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    Just to make things clear, the trade that was mentioned first by Sam and others was Deng to Houston for both their picks No.'s 14 and 16. As I mentioned they're already overloaded with prospects. The point being in a deep draft as this plus two years of talent bottled up do to the "two and dones" avoiding last year's lockout, certain mid teens picks could be more like 7-10 lottery quality.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I think he makes sense as a combo guard - as long as not relying on just for point guard. He makes stupid passes with the ball - outside of that, he provides penetration, ability to finish, okay, but inconsistent shooting, and elite D.

    I personally like Cunningham better, but just stating I don't have a problem with Taylor at pick 29.

  • I think it is tough to pull the trigger on a Deng for mid rounder you would have to be in love with a prospect you expect to be availible there IMO to do that. I am no Deng homer if anything I am a Deng homer basher but he is only 27 and a legit top ten SF. I wouldn't move him unless you are getting a cheaper/younger replacement with potential ala a Harrison Barnes. Possible? Not sure but its probably not impossible. Barnes isn't going to be a superstar but I would say maybe what a healthy Deng is a solid third option would be a realistic ceiling. Moving him for anything less is highly risky and could put the team out of contender status for years.

    Early in the season it is looking like we are going to have huge holes 1-3. Assuming that Deng is out with injury or traded, RIP most likely injured atleast half the games and Kyle and Ronnie both likely gone do to cap constraints.

    CJ(?)/ JL3/Rookie/Vet min
    RIP(when not injured)/Jimmy Butler/Rookie/Vet min
    Jimmy Butler/Rookie/Vet min

    That is probably what we are looking at till maybe the ASG and that lineup scares the crap out of me. When RIP goes down we get down right fugly. Hopefully they can make things happen at the draft if not yikes...

  • In reply to Chad:

    Unless something goes horribly wrong, Deng will be back no later than Christmas, and could reasonably be back by Thanksgiving. So he is missing 10-20 games at most not half the season. Also, lets not forget, if he has surgery, it will be on his non shooting wrist lessoning its impact on his return.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I still think we need to re-tool, bottom post below regarding team being scary to post above!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I totally agree, and I think that Deng is the first(really second, but I almost don't even count Bozo the Boozer anymore) guy that has to go. I was just pointing out that people are over estimating(way) the amount of time that he will miss.

    I know that you are not a big fan, but today for the first time, I saw a mock that had Tony Wroten slipping to the Bulls at 29.

    I know that he has issues and a so called broken shot, but I can't get over the fact that people compare him to Rajon Rondo coming out, and that his upside is Gary Payton.

    At 6'4.75" in socks, he is big enough to play next to Rose, he is reputed to be a phsyical defender and can get to the rim at will, 2 of my favorite attributes.

    At 29 it would have to be worth taking a gamble on a guy that people say has top 5 talent.

  • In reply to Chad:

    That is a scary team - I agree!

  • Perry Jones seems to be dropping. NBAdraft.net has him down to 21 and DraftExpress has him down to 15. Great defensive potential and possible offensive potential, but maybe the next Tyrus Thomas. Should the Bulls be interested in moving up for him? Could they get the 15th pick from the Sixers for Korver and Watson? Sixers big weakness is three point shooting and they will probably lose Lou Williams. Perry would not fill a need, but he might be a talent worth going after.
    If they could make that trade, they could still take someone like Lamb at 29 and trade Brewer for a high second round pick for Cunningham. Those two guys are listed from 25-37 range depending on witch site you look at.
    Let's just say they sign Hinrich to play the point and bring back Lucas. This could be the roster to start the year:
    PG- Hinrich, Lucas
    SG- Hamilton, Lamb, Cunningham
    SF- Butler, Jones
    PF- Boozer, Gibson, Scal
    C - Noah, Asik
    If the three rookies workout, it could open up trade possibilities when Deng and Rose come back. Not saying that this is a perfect situation, just a thought.

  • Sorry, I don't think Perry Jones III has much defensive potential - he will be pushed around by NBA 4's and he does not block enough shots or rebound like he should.

    He does have a lot of offensive potential with his speed and ability to hit a jumper. I only take him if he slides to 29. Even if he did (which he wont, though I would not be surprised if he slipped to the 20's), he is pretty soft.

    I don't think he can be a 3 at this level. I also don't see the Sixers making those trades, but Lou Williams is a heck of a player.

    I appreciate your thoughts though!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I think Perry Jones III is kinda a poor mans Anthony Randolph. Like Kevin said he doesn't block shots and also hates contact which render his tremendous athletic gifts moot.

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