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20 - Tyler Lydon

6-9, 215 Power Forward
syr.gif Syracuse Sophomore
Birthday
04/09/96 (23.6 yrs)
Hometown
Elizaville, NY
High School
New Hampton School
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
7
Strength
6
Quickness
7
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
8
Potential
8
Post Skills
8
Intangibles
8

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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