Houston Rockets Player Profile: In Search Of A 15th Man

By John Bauer
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Sep 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Jeremy Tyler (50) during media day at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The High School Phenom

Jeremy Tyler

Center:  6’10” – 250 pounds

In 2009, Tyler made headlines as the first player to ever bypass their senior season in high school and play overseas. He signed with Maccabi Haifa of Israel. He lasted only 10 games and averaged 2.1 points per game. Due to personal reasons, he left the team and signed with the Tokyo Apache in 2010, averaging 9.9 points per game over the course of 33 games.

In 2011, the Charlotte Bobcats drafted Tyler in the second round, 39th overall. Eventually they traded Tyler to the Golden State Warriors. Tyler’s career in the NBA has spanned 3 seasons with stops at Golden State, Atlanta and most recently with the Knicks. Tyler’s career NBA stat line: 3.6 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game and 0.4 blocks per game.

Over Tyler’s time in the NBA, he has spent time with 3 different NBDL teams (Dakota Wizards, Santa Cruz Warriors, and Erie Bay Hawks). Jeremy’s best D-League season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 18 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. Tyler’s D-League career stat line: 17.1 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game and  0.6 blocks per game.

Chances to make the Rockets

In two preseason games thus far in 2015, Tyler has averaged 4.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. At this point in Tyler’s career there isn’t much new he is bringing to the table, we know who he is.

There was plenty of hype on him coming out of high school, but it appears he is just a preseason body at this point despite the fact Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza both were impressed with his ability and work ethic as they cited in their post practice interviews during training camp.

Don’t expect Houston to hold on to him, even in the NBDL. Tyler’s money will be made overseas.

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