Now that he is here and has done some good things, the next question is should Mike Woodson use Tyler in a bigger role?
Tyler is coming off a a 17-point, five-rebound and two-block performance in 23 minutes during a 114-88 win over Boston on Tuesday night. In the process he shot 7-for-9 from the field.
It’s hard to judge Tyler’s success by his numbers as most of his production has come during mop up time where a team like the Celtics has put up very little fight.
That being the case, Tyler could see more time spelling Tyson Chandler or could be paired with him for small stretches.
When Woodson wants to go big, as he often wanted to do with Bargnani on the floor, a Chandler-Tyler pairing would make the Knicks pretty good defensively in the paint and should help them on the glass where the Knicks perform very poorly as a team.
He has always been reluctant to play young players, but the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr., Tyler and Aldrich have all done positive things when pressed into action. Because of injuries, Woodson is almost forced to give the promising Hardaway about 30 minutes per game for now.
Tyler should also see an increase in minutes at least in the short term.
It’s a given that Tyler will be buried at the end of the bench when STAT and Martin are completely healthy. It’s simply not Woodson’s style to play a guy like him.
But in the meantime, Tyler should be given more of an opportunity to change the coach’s mind.