Tyshawn Taylor is used to winning and being the star everywhere he’s been whether that be with St. Anthony’s High School in New Jersey or at the University of Kansas. However, last season with the Nets he didn’t do much more than sit on the bench and occasionally play for the Net’s D-League affiliate.
He’s excited about being with the Nets this season and having a chance at a NBA championship. However, you can tell just talking with him that he has a real desire to be involved in a major way rather than just sit on the bench. He expressed frustration at his potential role next season even though he did eventually take that back. When speaking to me last week, Taylor said he really didn’t know what to expect next year.
“I’m just trying to come in and work hard and do what they need of me,” Taylor said. “I don’t really know what that is at this time, but whatever it is I’m just going to do it with a smile on my face and just take in everything.”
Part of the reason Taylor likely doesn’t know what to expect, because he will be riding the bench quite a lot, is because of his new coach. Jason Kidd is one of the best point guards to ever play the game, but, even though Taylor will undoubtedly learn quite a bit from him, the two have different styles. He’s more of an aggressive, attack the rim type point guard whereas Kidd was more of a guy who controlled the entire court and often looked to pass first and shoot later.
So it will indeed be interesting to see how Taylor develops in the upcoming season under Kidd. It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen as he competes for time with Shaun Livingston behind Deron Williams. I don’t blame him for being uncertain of his situation. Whatever it will be, hopefully he soaks up as much as possible and stays ready in case of an injury.