Part of me does hope we do move or bench Tyler just so people who knock him so bad will realize what he does bring to the game instead of always talking about what he doesn't.
Dude is 12th in bench scoring 4th among non-guards, 3rd in PF/C over 5 MPG less than the 2 in front of him. 3rd in bench FT's 1st among non-guards, 9th in rebounding and 5th in offensive board work in less games than most others in the rebounding stats all while having this terrible season.
Anyways, when he is a starter he may be the 5th option for defenses to center in on. On the bench, he seems to be the other teams number 1 priority to shut down and get out of his game. Other players love to return the favor and go at him tough. I just think he is settling into his new role like I have heard the TV announcers say. Think about it, if you're a defense, who would you center in on defensively in the post. Jones, Hansbrough, or Amundson? See my point? Teams can put their best big man bench defender on him and often times that players is better at defense than a starter they just tend to have limited offensive abilities, ala Jeff Foster. And the help can focus that way because Jones and Amundson aren't great post threats offensively.
Like others, I am disappointed in Tyler's performance and his offensive repertoire. However, I do think he's a gamer, and I think you'll see him step up in the playoffs somehow. He just has that extra something that causes wins and disgusts Dukies.
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