This time last year, Tyshawn Taylor was preparing for his senior season at Kansas. It was a campaign that saw the Hoboken, N.J. native start at point guard for the national championship runner-up and average over 30 minutes per game. Now, the youngest member of the Brooklyn Nets backcourt will have to learn more off-the-court than he does on it.
After riding the bench for the entirety of the Nets' opener against the Raptors, Taylor finally saw game action on Monday against the Timberwolves. He took full advantage of his limited time on the court, recording his first career assist and sinking his only shot attempt of the day.
YES Network commentator Greg Anthony, himself a former point guard, had positive things to say about the rookie's potential as an NBA player. "He doesn't have any fear, and I think that's so important. He believes in himself and his ability, and he's proven that he can play the game," said Anthony after the game against Minnesota.
As for his lack of minutes, Anthony reminds us that every player pays their dues before getting their opportunity, "This is about learning what it takes to be an NBA player, and making sure you're prepared so when those opportunities do present themselves you can take advantage of them."
Taylor will have to look no further than the guys above him on the depth chart for guidance. Nets' starting point guard Deron Williams is a perennial All-Star and backup C.J. Watson has spent five years in the NBA coming off the bench.