tyler-smith Tyler Smith 2009 Underclassmen - The Draft Review
  • Name: Tyler Smith
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height: 6-7 (2.00m)
  • Weight: 215 (98kg)
  • Pro Team: Bornova Bid (Turkey)
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Birthdate: 9/4/1986
  • Drafted: Declared for the 2009 NBA Draft but withdrew... Automatically eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft but was not drafted by an NBA franchise...
nba Tyler Smith 2009 Underclassmen - The Draft Review

Strengths: Athletically, Smith is a great package of explosiveness and strength … These natural gifts along with his body control allow him to convert difficult finishes around the basket even in heavy traffic … Very unselfish player almost to a fault, as he constantly looks to feed teammates … Possesses an almost guard-like court vision to quickly identify passing options … Perimeter shooting has shown some signs of improvement from the three point line and a good looking turnaround jumper … Aggressiveness when taking the ball to the basket earns him a lot of contact that results in free throws opportunities … Even more impressive, after creating the contact he has the ability to use his body strength to absorb and finish … Underrated rebounder who uses his strength and leaping ability to get a good amount of boards … Back to the basket moves enable him to take advantage of mismatches or weaker defenders … Team player and glue guy who does a lot of the little things that don’t show up in the box score … Uses his athleticism in transition to finish with flair … Defensively, Smith has improved greatly on the perimeter where his quick hands, lateral quickness, and long arms allow him to disrupt most players … Plays the game with toughness and intensity … Does a good job of playing the passing lanes for steals … Patient player who doesn’t force many things, simply allows the game to come to him … Owns a high basketball IQ and good feel for the game that you can't teach …

Weakness: While his ball handling is good enough to bring the ball up the court, he isn’t very advanced taking players off the dribble consistently … When faced with heavy pressure from perimeter defenders he will automatically pick up his dribble and pass to a teammate … Shows the ability to shoot from the perimeter, but is far from consistent … To his credit, he has improved shooting when his feet are set, but must still work on shooting off the dribble … Offensively, Smith isn’t as assertive as you would like to see, as he defers to other teammates … Despite all his talent, teams will grade his potential on the level of a junior – he’s a year older due to an additional year he spent at prep school … Isn’t a very reliable three point shooter … For such an accomplished athlete, he surprisingly he lacks the confidence to consistently take over games … Isn’t nearly as effective playing in a half court set due to streaky shooting … While Smith has the prototype body and athleticism to play small forward in the NBA his lack of precise shooting given his age is troubling to some …

Matthew Maurer - 1/30/08

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Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2006-07 Iowa

31

44.2

25.4

72.7

1.5

0.3

4.9

3.6

14.9

2007-08 Tennessee

35

54.1

38.9

71.1

1.4

0.5

6.8

3.5

13.7

2008-09 Tennessee

34

43.9

29.2

76.6

0.7

0.2

5.8

3.4

17.4

2009-10 Tennessee

12

57.3

00.0

69.7

1.4

0.3

4.7

3.7

11.7

2009-10 Bornova

12

53.1

42.9

72.5

1.4

0.3

6.8

4.1

16.8

Pro Totals

12

53.1

42.9

72.5

1.4

0.3

6.8

4.1

16.8

 

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