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20 - Tyler Lydon

Syracuse 

  • Birthday: 4/9/96
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 215
  • Hometown: Elizaville, NY
  • High School: New Hampton School
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Overall

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2017
Mock:  23

NBA Comparison: Nikola Mirotic

Strengths: Stretch 4 with a pretty stroke from the perimeter ... Gets good lift with a high release point and a smooth follow through ... Good athlete with solid leaping ability off two feet ... Should have no trouble extending his range out to NBA three, and be a weapon at the next level ... Very good pull up shooter from midrange with a clean, concise shooting form ... Displays solid post footwork offensively ... Has a nice righty jump hook in his repertoire ... Crafty at using pump fakes to get defenders off balance ... Attacks closeouts well using quick feet to get by defenders off the dribble ... Today's shift to bigs that can spread the floor and shoot adds intrigue to his game ... Big 7' wingspan helps him to get shots off and bolsters his ability on the boards ... A solid passer who often facilitated the offense from the high post ... Despite a thin frame, showed nice aggressiveness on the glass putting up 8.6 rpg ... gets a lot of tip ins due to his great length ... 36 minutes per game shows that he's well conditioned, made easier in the Syracuse system ... Hit a near identical (49/124) from three as a sophomore as he did as a freshman (49/121) roughly 40% ... Improved FT shooting from FR to SO Years from 77% to 84% ... Good vision and passing ability for a big ... Positive a/to ratio at 2.1/1.7, solid for a forward ... Shot blocking dipped from 1.8 to 1.4 from freshman year, but illustrates his length giving opponents problems ... Could log some minutes at the 3 if a team decides to go big, provided his perimeter defense isn't atrocious ... May always struggle to put on weight and play physical ...

Weaknesses: Comes into the league with limited conventional defensive ability, after playing in Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone for the past two years ... D is a big question mark ... Frail body for a 4. Needs to add weight to battle inside for rebounds and defend ... Added strength will allow him to play physical and get more trips to the line ... Toughness and ability to hold position in the post remain question marks ... Can be careless at times with his passing ... lack of significant improvement a bit puzzling. For such a strong offensive talent, it would have been nice to see him take over a little more offensively ... 13.2 ppg and offensive numbers and output eerily similar to freshman season begs the question if he has the desire to be a star or will be content as a role player at the next level ... fairly one dimensional player as his outside shooting and length gives him a lot of intrigue but his lack of strength makes him a bit of a project ... 13% body fat at 215 lbs is slightly concerning. He not only is too weak from a weight standpoint, he's not nearly as cut as he needs to be, so conditioning and adding good weight will be imparitive ...

Notes: Measured 6' 8.25'' barefoot, 6' 9.5'' in shoes, 215 lbs, 7' 0'' wingspan, And 8' 11.5'' standing reach at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine ... Measured 6'9.5 (in shoes) 192 lbs, with a 6'10.5 wingspan at the 2014 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Native of Elizaville, NJ ... Well liked by NBA scouts since his Freshman year and considered a likely 1st rounder ... Nearly 40% of his shots came from behind the arch ...

Aran Smith 5/15/17

Strengths: Good size for a forward (6’10”) ... Runs the floor well … Fluid athlete who can attack the basket … Still scratching the surface of his potential ... Can be molded into any type of forward … Will make plays above the rim … Consistent outside shooter ... Has a set shot with a high-release point … At his best in spot-up and off-the-catch situations ... Has a very sound pump fake ... Uses the pump fake on defenders closing out too hard to get into the lane … Shown glimpses of having an accurate floater/runner … Willing passer, moves the ball to the open player … Attacks the offensive glass ... Uses his athleticism to get the ball at it’s apex … Quick second leap … Finishes well around the rim … Took advantages of mismatches when they presented them … Scored in the post over smaller defenders … Moves well without the ball … Possesses good defensive instincts … Forced turnovers and was a rim-protector in Syracuse’s 2-3 zone … Very adept as a weakside shot blocker … Plays effectively on the perimeter … Can move well laterally with most guards defensively … Disruptive hands … Constantly found ways to be a pest in passing lanes …

Weaknesses: Can’t create his own offense … Struggles when asked to do more than attack in a straight line … Not confident as a ball handler … Will force passes into tight spaces … Is not much of a playmaker … Hesitant to shoot the ball at times … Not much of a one-on-one defender … Must get stronger in order to better bang in the paint with NBA athletes … Often gives one try or minimal effort … Gets pushed out of position on defensive rebounds … Playing in a 2-3 zone hid a lot of his deficiencies on defense … Wasn’t a consistent producer for Syracuse despite being their go-to guy … Far from a polished player will need to improve basics if he is going to find a role in the NBA …

Outlook: Lydon had a very impressive freshman season and was so-so in his second year at Syracuse. He has flashed the capabilities teams look for in a stretch-four, but has yet to completely put it all together on the court. With the proper coaching and commitment he could become a late-first/early-second round steal for the team that selects him.

Brandon Jefferson 5/15/17

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