As a second round draft pick placed onto the veteran-laden Brooklyn Nets last season, Tyshawn Taylor spent extensive time in the NBA D-League, but teammates and coaches swiftly noticed his tenacious style on both ends of the floor. He’s put up four double-digit scoring performances in 14 games this season, starting three, and has a growing relationship with the Nets’ new coaching staff.
Taylor praises Eric Hughes and John Welch as the assistant coaches who have helped in his improvement, working on his jump shot technique that has slowly developed between four seasons at Kansas and the NBA.
“My coaches have been great working with me,” Taylor told RealGM. “We have a whole new coaching staff from my rookie year, obviously. Coach [Jason] Kidd has also helped me, just talking to me and pointing things out that I don’t see on the court.
“Getting the experience and getting to play, it’s been helping me out a lot. The season hasn’t gone how we wanted to so far, but we still got time to change it and we’re looking forward to it.”
Taylor knows the depth to which the Nets have disappointed not only people around the league, but also themselves. Taylor and Shaun Livingston have done an admirable job filling in for Deron Williams, who returned from an ankle injury on Tuesday against the Boston Celtics. The Nets have also been without Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko for extended parts of the season.
Even with Williams' comeback to the lineup, Taylor expects Kidd to use either him or Livingston frequently next to the former All-Star.
“With Shaun’s style and his versatility, D-Will’s style and his versatility, two out of three of us are going to play at the same time together as a one and two combo,” Taylor said. “We’ll be good.
“I’m excited for our whole team to be healthy. I’m looking forward to it, man. When our team gets healthy, we’re going to be really good.”