Warriors' Summer League review: Tyler

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Warriors' Summer League review: Tyler

Due to the lockout, the 2012 Summer League was Jeremy Tylers first opportunity to really showcase himself against younger players. He started the final 23 games in 2011-12, averaging over 20 minutes a game against veteran NBA centers. So five games in Las Vegas should have been Tylers coming out party as a young talent on the rise.

Not so much. Instead, Tyler barely averaged more minutes in summer league (15.5 mpg) than he did all of last season (13.5) for the Warriors. He fouled at a high rate -- 7.74 fouls per 40 minutes which would have put him second behind Larry Sanders among qualified NBA centers last season according to Hoopdata.com. That number is also worse than his rookie season total (5.9 fouls per 40 minutes).

He also continued some alarming shooting and rebounding trends. His defensive rebounding rate last season was 17.1 which put him 55th among 67 qualified centers. His defensive rebounding rate in four Summer League games was 5.06 -- meaning he collected around 5 percent of the available rebounds while he was on the floor.

His shooting numbers did improve in his four games in Las Vegas, but not to the desired level of an NBA center. Last season, he shot 42.1 percent from the field, but in his 23 starts, that number dropped to 41.2 percent. Those shooting numbers put him in the bottom 10 in the league among qualified centers. In four summer league games, he shot 45.0 percent from the field which was partially saved by a 6-10 game against Miami. For some context, the league average among centers last season was 50.3 percent.

Tyler is a below average, but not a terrible finisher around the rim. According to Hoopdata.com, his 58.5 FG percent at the rim in his rookie season was about 6 percentage points below league average for centers. His shooting really suffered when he moved any distance from the basket. A little over half his shots per game were from 3 to 23 feet away from the basket where he shot a measly 28.6 percent.

The caveat with all Summer League analysis is the incredibly small sample size, but seeing the same alarming trends out of a player after three-and-a-half months of offseason workout time is not encouraging. Coming into this season it will be interesting to see if Tyler sees any time behind Andrew Bogut, Andris Biedrins, and Festus Ezeli.

For the sake of this analysis, 10-plus games played at 10-plus minutes per game will qualify a player.

Potential free agent Durant on Chase Center: 'It'll be fun playing in there'

Potential free agent Durant on Chase Center: 'It'll be fun playing in there'

In July, Kevin Durant signed a two-year deal with the Warriors with a player-option for Year 2.

With the salary cap rising again, the 2013-14 MVP is expected to opt out and become a free agent.

Near the end of the Warriors' Chase Center ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, emcee Kevin Frazier asked Durant the following question:

Frazier: "Before you go, do you want to tell the owners anything about re-signing or anything like that?"

Durant: "It'll be fun playing in there," and the crowd erupted in applause.

Earlier during the ceremony, Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob joked about Durant agreeing to re-sign with the Warriors this summer.

Curry bounces back in blowout, wins point guard battle with Irving

Curry bounces back in blowout, wins point guard battle with Irving

OAKLAND -- No one among the Warriors had a deeper desire to beat the Cavaliers than Stephen Curry, and his performance Monday gave every indication that he wanted it as badly as he needed it.

And after losing the point-guard battle to Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving in four successive games, all Warriors losses, it was past time for Curry as the back-to-back MVP to stand up and make a statement.

His response was impressive: 20 points (7-of-20 shooting), 11 assists, four steals and a 126-91 rout by the Warriors. He was plus-23 over 31 minutes.

“He was making shots, it’s as simple as that,” Irving said. “In transition, off pick-and-rolls, doing what he does and that makes him a great player.”

Irving’s response: 17 points (6-of-19 shooting), two assists and a game-high-tying (with teammate LeBron James) six turnovers. Irving was minus-12 over 29 minutes.

“Steph was great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “A phenomenal first half, I think he had 10 assists. His energy was great and he set the tone. He put a lot of pressure on the defense.”

Curry has been playing with renewed vigor lately, his mentality changing shortly after the Warriors on Christmas Day in Cleveland blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, taking a 109-108 loss. Curry took only 11 shots, scoring 15 points.

He was particularly good in the first half, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, with 10 assists and three steals. Curry clearly came to destroy.

“It was a great way to start, just a foot on the gas pedal,” Curry said.

Curry’s game, along with the victory, may silence some of the narrative suggesting the Cavaliers have his number. Though he was displeased with one aspect of his game, Curry happily accepted the outcome. Or that Irving hadn't caught up to him.

“I obviously wanted to play well; I didn’t want to walk off the floor with anything more than what I think is a solid, aggressive game,” he said. “I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I wanted to. Some shots I normally make didn’t go down.

But I can live with that knowing I took care of the other stuff I was supposed to do on the floor. Really, what was all in my head was that I definitely wanted to leave this arena tonight with a solid performance and obviously get the win.”