Tyler Lydon (PF, Syracuse)

 

Measurables: 6’9.5”, 7’0” wingspan, 215 lbs, 21.1 years old

Strengths

  • Solid size for stretch 4 prospect
  • Good at rim – 65% – but doesn’t get all the way there at times
  • Pretty bouncy around rim – putback threat
  • Fairly quick getting past bigger defenders, finishing above rim
  • Elite 3 point shooter – 39.8% from 3 on 246 attempts over 2 seasons
  • 81% FT bodes well for stroke
  • 2% on catch and shoot jumpers as soph – NBA range
  • Great pick and pop potential – 1.61 PPP on unguarded C&S
  • Fairly quick release when he’s able to get open
  • Smart player, good decision maker – 10.8 AST%
  • High-IQ, team-first guy – not a ball-stopper/ball-hog
  • Advanced understanding of where his teammates are
  • Good mobility in help – solid team defender
  • Good understanding of verticality/discipline – 3.1 PF/40 in career
  • Great role player potential – understands his limitations

Weaknesses

  • Highest body fat % at combine – concerning for conditioning
  • Shot blocking regressed from freshman to sophomore year – 7.0 BLK% to 4.7 BLK%
  • Not much of a rebounder – 13.7 TRB%
  • Rarely gets to line – 3.8 FTA/40
  • Has turnover problems to clean up – 13.6 TOV%
  • Hasn’t played in man scheme (like all Syracuse prospects)
  • Very poor off-dribble shot – easier for defenses to close out hard
  • Limited getting to rim, easily forced into tough shots
  • Settles for tough mid-range/floater shots instead of getting to rim
  • Struggles finishing in traffic due to lack of explosiveness
  • Makes stupid decisions near rim to avoid contact
  • Poor range on defense – not quick closing out
  • Lots of trouble closing out/containing – needs to slide feet more
  • Poor post defender – goes for steals too hard
  • Puts ball up high against pressure – poor mentality at times
  • Lack of effort shows up on boards, closing out

Overall

  • Lydon is an interesting stretch-4 prospect because he is fairly refined in his offensive strengths: finishing near the rim in space, hitting 3 point shots, and mixing a little playmaking and rebounding in. Defensively, he doesn’t jump off the page, but he’s big enough with enough athleticism and instincts to survive on that end. That’s better than most true stretch 4s can say, and that bodes well for Lydon potentially starting down the road. He’ll have to prove that he can lock in more consistently and be tougher, but he’s got clear upside as a stretch 4 who can stretch the defense and mix a little shot blocking and size in on defense.

 

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