Brooklyn Nets: Midseason Grades

Kris Humphries, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace
Seems like a lifetime ago. (AP)

Tyshawn Taylor

Tyshawn Taylor
Tyshawn Taylor, going for the throatne. (AP)

All it took was one game from Tyshawn Taylor to be labeled the new savior. With Deron Williams out and C.J. Watson ineffective, Tyshawn Taylor displayed an athletic aggressiveness absent and antithetical to Brooklyn Nets basketball this season, earning 34 minutes of playing time and hitting two big shots in overtime to help ensure an overtime victory on the road over the then-31-20 Indiana Pacers on February 11th.

It wasn’t smooth sailing to get to that point — Taylor has struggled to get on the floor, and when there, has had issues turning the ball over — and the 41st overall pick in this past draft expressed frustration with his lack of playing time. He had successful stints with the Nets’ D-League affiliate Springfield Armor, but the 22-year-old Taylor’s still shooting under 40% from the field on the season and has racked up far more turnovers than assists.

He needs time to grow accustomed to NBA speed, as all rookies do, but for the third-string point guard to continue to earn minutes, that’s something that’ll have to change fast.
-Devin Kharpertian

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Full List:
Andray Blatche | Keith Bogans | MarShon Brooks | P.J. Carlesimo | Reggie Evans | Kris Humphries | Joe Johnson | Brook Lopez | Tornike Shengelia | Jerry Stackhouse | Tyshawn Taylor | Mirza Teletovic | Gerald Wallace | C.J. Watson | Deron Williams