2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS (TYLER LYDON)

2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

TYLER LYDON

COLLEGE: SYRACUSE

HEIGHT: 6’9″

WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS

POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/POWER FORWARD

CLASS: SOPHOMORE

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION:    TOP 15 TO LOW 20’S

PLAYER SUMMARY: Tyler Lydon came to Syracuse as a 4-star recruit and a top 100 prospect in the class of 2015. The New York native had a very good freshmen campaign, and played a big role in the Orange’s surprise run to the Final 4. Expectations coming into the 2016-17 season were very high for the sophomore, and as of now, his play has been inconsistent, in our opinion.

When the 6’9″ SF/PF is on, he shows off a nice offensive skill-set. While evaluating him, the first thing that jumps out is his shooting ability. He has one of the nicest shooting strokes among players 6’9″ or taller in college basketball. He is an excellent 3-point shooter with great form as well as a quick release. With his size and quick release, his shot is all but untouchable at the Division 1 level. His shooting will be one of the main reasons he becomes an NBA player.

Lydon is a solid offensive rebounder. He shows proper fundamentals such as boxing out, etc., and sports a high basketball IQ. He has improved the ability to create shots for himself, however it remains to be seen if he can do this on a consistent basis when he gets to the NBA.

We consider the combo forward a good but not elite athlete. Due to Syracuse playing zone defense only, it is tough to gauge how he will fare playing man to man defense at the next level. He is currently a below average defensive rebounder as we have seen him get pushed around too often. He is very light and needs to put on a good amount of weight/muscle in order for him to handle the physicality of the NBA.

While listed as a SF/PF, we currently don’t see him as a small forward at the NBA level. We feel he doesn’t have the foot-speed to handle that position, which has some of the best athletes in the world playing that spot. What he does have is the ability to become a solid “stretch-4”.

In our opinion, the PF position is best suited for his skill-set. Due to his outstanding shooting ability, height, and length, he can be in time a player who can space the floor for an NBA team. The league is trending to having power forwards being able to stretch the floor and he fits this mold.

Tyler Lydon is a very intriguing player. We feel he would be best served by staying in college for another season so he can improve upon his weaknesses and gain the necessary weight he needs to. However, all projections have him as a first round pick, which will be very hard to turn down.

Lydon has one skill that will translate right away to the NBA game and that is his shooting ability. NBA teams are always looking for shooters, and players who are his size and can shoot like him will always have a roster spot. In our opinion, Lydon’s future draft status will depend on how well he can improve upon his weaknesses leading up to the June Draft. In 2-3 years, Lydon should be a nice rotational player and a possible starter if he is with the right team, due to his ability to shoot and stretch the floor.

 

BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF TYLER LYDON

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