Tyshawn Taylor has been used to playing a big role on each team he has ever been on. That’s the way it was in high school and that’s how it was in Kansas, but during his rookie season in the NBA he was more of an afterthought than anything else.
That didn’t exactly sit right with Taylor and early on in the offseason he voiced his displeasure about his playing time. He’s since begun towing the company line and, at least publicly, been much more accepting of his role on the team. Which is a good thing because with the changes the Nets have made during the offseason, he could be playing less in his second year in the Association than he did last year.
“Being on a team that is as deep as this one, with these caliber of players, I’m playing a position that is so deep I might have to be sent down,” Taylor told Reed Wallach of NetsDaily.com, “It’s not a demotion, it’s not a bad thing, it’s just a way for me to get better.”
It’s certainly not a demotion, but he’s more apart of the Nets future than their present. With Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston in front of him, he’s certainly not going to get a lot of playing time. His best case scenario is that the Nets are even better than expected and he gets a lot of garbage minutes in blowout games.
The key for Taylor is going to be what he does with what little time on the floor that he does get and he is certainly coming around to understand this.
“You know Shaun sat out today, and Deron hasn’t been practicing all the time, so days like this are times for me to take advantage of getting all the reps at the point guard spot,” he said.
Taylor is a tremendous athlete with plenty of potential. He still has work to do on his game especially his defense and he needs to limit turnovers. Working with Jason Kidd should help that.
If he has truly embraced the idea that he can be a part of this team, however small, and doesn’t sulk that will go a long way. I think he has. After all, more than just playing a big role on his teams he was a winner in high school and college and this team gives him a solid opportunity to play for a winner. He just might have to spend some time in Springfield to do that.