Jeremy Tyler: The Last Man Standing

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By Aaron Kopperl

As if the walloping defeat to the Pacers wasn’t enough to crush the Knicks’ spirits, they lost two key big men in Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire in that very game.  While both Martin and STAT aren’t expected to about 2 weeks, their injuries leave the Knicks very thin in the large_182956265__1_frontcourt.  Inserting Pablo Prigioni into the starting lineup along with Raymond Felton while sliding Carmelo Anthony to the power forward position can help ease the problem but they still need production in the frontcourt when Melo and Tyson Chandler are on the bench.

Insert Jeremy Tyler, the only healthy, seemingly competent big man left on the roster (sorry, Cole Aldrich, but it’s a miracle you’re still in the NBA).

After a very productive and efficient stint in the Summer League this past summer, Tyler proved he has the ability to score and rebound on a consistent basis.  This is the perfect time for Mike Woodson to show some faith in the young big man and give him some real minutes to see if his Summer League production can translate into real NBA games.

In the limited time he’s played thus far this season, he has been fairly productive, as you can see by his .800 FG%.  Having Carmelo Anthony (who is leading the NBA in minutes played) and the oft-injured Tyson Chandler play extended minutes isn’t the best solution to the Knicks’ lack of frontcourt depth.

Letting Jeremy Tyler play and prove himself as a solid NBA role player is probably the best answer to this problem.  Worst case scenario, Tyler turns out to be a bust and Woodson just stops playing him after several mediocre performances.  At this point in the season, the Knicks really have nothing to lose by giving the young guy some minutes.

With the Knicks back to their losing ways, it may be time to experiment and hope that you can find something, anything that can spark this Knicks team to play at an acceptable level.  Two years ago, it was Jeremy Lin.  Last year, it was Kenyon Martin and Chris Copeland.  It may be a bit far-fetched, but maybe this can be the year of Jeremy Tyler.

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