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Knicks sign Jeremy Tyler, he may be team’s backup center

Aug 6, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

Jeremy Tyler, Hasheem Thabeet

The Knicks don’t really have a true center on the roster behind Tyson Chandler. Kenyon Martin has filled the role, but he’s a tough four, not a five.

So New York has taken a chance, signing the potentially interesting but more often frustrating Jeremy Tyler, the team announced. Reportedly first year is mostly guaranteed, not the second year of the deal, but this is about trying to develop a big rather than just buying one.

Tyler, 6’10”, had played on the Knicks Summer League team in Las Vegas and was solid — 12.8 points shooting 56.3 percent, plus pulling down 6.4 rebounds a game. Before that he played with the Warriors and Hawks. What the guy can do is rebound and rebound well. It’s a good skill to excel at.

You may remember Tyler as the promising San Diego player who shunned college and after his junior year went to play overseas —Maccabi Haifa (Israel) and Tokyo Apache (Japan). He was drafted in the second round but the only time he has seen extended action was a couple seasons ago when the Warriors were tanking… er, getting all their young players experience.

This is not a game changer by any stretch, it could be a while before Mike Woodson gets desperate enough to give him minutes, but Tyler has shown flashes so maybe he can be molded into someone that helps the team down the line.

  1. djlexluger - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I liked what I saw from him in the Summer League.

  2. dolphindubs - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    The Knicks must have like 25 players on their roster for this upcoming season. No way do they have room to keep adding

    • MTArider - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      This makes 13 players signed. There’s 15 roster spots. What are you talking about? Educate yourself.

  3. cmart0907 - Aug 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    ^^Who cares what you seen. You’re not offering the contract.

  4. scottheis82 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    @ cmart
    so are you offering the contract??? I’m just glad you aren’t offering vocabulary lessons. It’s saw, not seen jacka$$.

  5. jzone954 - Aug 6, 2013 at 10:44 PM


  6. kpatrick51 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Good low risk signing for the Knicks. Tyler is still young, and if he can put all the pieces together he can become a solid role player.

  7. adamsjohn714 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    The guy is a complete unknown. He’s played 630 odd minutes in his 3 season career. A really poor rookie season was 538 minutes, then two years with 60 and 5 minutes, respectively.

  8. thomaskouns - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Don’t get your hopes up.

    I’m a Warriors Season ticket holder……..

    Great potential and ‘zero’ work ethic.

  9. ncm42 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    What does the headline actually mean?

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      It does read kind of funky, huh.

  10. dysraw1 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    i like it he’s another tough young player, who has the potential to do great things

  11. caeser12 - Aug 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Mike “I haven’t a clue” Woodson is not going to play him unless he absolutely has to. Tyler will rot on the bench until someone gets hurt, he’ll play, have some decent games, contribute, and look like he should have a role on the team, once whoever was injured comes back, he will be relegated back to his bench seat, the playoffs will come, he’ll get some work at garbage time, do well, Woodson will again get out-coached, our squad will lose in the 2nd round again, some Head Coach will tell Tyler,”You made us change our approach every-time you stepped on the floor,” they will sign him in Free Agency, and he will bust Cicely Tyson Chandlers grape the next year. My Knicks Ladies and Gentlemen.

    Go NY.

  12. jtbsteeler - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    He has a semblance of an offensive game and runs the floor very well, besides being a good rebounder. If you saw Tyson against Hibbert, you’re excited about this signing. Hibbert had fun all game because he didn’t have an offensive threat to contend with.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 8, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      In his limited minutes, he’s been a below average rebounder. Don’t make stuff up.

  13. jtbsteeler - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Who is a better signing, Tyler or Oden? Exactly…

    • cantonbound13 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Oden has played as many minutes as you have in the last 3 years.

      • jtbsteeler - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        My point was that I trust the Tyler signing more than the Oden signing by Miami.

      • cantonbound13 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Sorry about that

  14. starvingardens - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Tyler is good. Saw him play for the Warriors. If you wanted to compare him to someone… I guess it would be Cousins minus the attitude and post moves. He can defend and rebound though.

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