Leading up to the NBA Draft we will be analyzing scouting reports for various players who have entered their name in this year’s NBA Draft. The focus of these articles will be on prospects who we find most intriguing and feel readers need to become more familiar with. Please let us know if you want any players specifically @edupridepress. All stats and videos are via KenPom, ESPN, DraftExpress, and YouTube.
Weight: 215 Ibs
Background: After an up and down sophomore season for Syracuse, Tyler Lydon has decided to forego his remaining eligibility and turn pro. The 6’9.5″ combo forward is still relatively raw with a developing jumper and thin frame. Lydon struggled with the huge expectations placed on him after showing glimpses of stardom during the NCAA Tournament during his freshman season. Many scouts and fans were expecting Lydon to take major steps forward during his sophomore season. Lydon was almost the same player in his sophomore year as an outside role player and his stats were almost exactly the same. As a late first round pick, Lydon will have time to develop his game and his body. He will never be a top scoring option but his skillset can provide a team with a very valuable role player.
Strengths: Tyler Lydon has great size for a player with his archetype at his position. He is listed at 6’9.5″ 215 lbs according to DraftExpress.com and will need to build his body to add muscle before he can compete against some of the top level wings and bigs. Lydon will add two major skillsets when he is on the floor in shooting and rim protection.The ability to block shots and make deep shots is very rare and sought after in the NBA. As a 3/4 man in the NBA he will be able to block shots from the weak side using his vertical and timing that he showed at Syracuse. Lydon made 49 three pointers in each of his two seasons at Syracuse making around 40%. In his sophomore season, Lydon showed that he can be durable by playing over 36 minutes a game for the Orange.
Weaknesses: As with most Syracuse NBA Draft Prospects, Lydon’s main weakness and concern his is ability to defend the pick and roll and in a one on one situation. Syracuse is notorious for playing a 2-3 zone that can cover up the defensive deficiencies of many players. Lydon has not played man to man defense since high school and his ability to defend could turn him from a valuable role player to a someone looking for a job. He must improve his man to man defense as well as his pick and roll defense while adding strength to compete with more mature players in the NBA.
Comparison: Josh McRoberts
Josh McRoberts is a perfect comparison for Tyler Lydon because of his ability to play both the 3 and the 4 at the next level. McRoberts is a great role player that can make three pointers and block shots. Lydon would need to improve his defense and body but the skillset is certainly there.
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