Tyler goes for 16 and 6 in 18 minutes
la colonial
 11/23/2017 2:41:22 AM      Replies: 26

la colonial11/13/2017 10:44:26 PM

In a one point loss.


the dude11/13/2017 11:11:54 PM

Wow! Tremendous! way to go TC!!!


gwb11/14/2017 7:50:37 AM

6-7 FGs, 4-43PTs lets go Ty!


lt11/14/2017 8:10:40 AM

Best GW player over the last 20 years considering his performances in prime time games (NIT, post-season all star games, NBA).  No wonder I was always screaming last year when the team did not get him the ball enough.  


gw alum abroad11/14/2017 8:14:31 AM

Getting some love from the AJC. 


(But man, what an awful headshot....)


dmvpiranha11/14/2017 9:10:24 AM

Full highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgWK2TpK7eY


formerly senioritis11/14/2017 9:26:00 AM

He did that in important minutes (including finishing the game down the stretch).  Very happy for Tyler!


bo knows11/14/2017 10:06:09 AM

Congrats to Tyler!


gw050911/14/2017 10:21:39 AM

Unreal!  So proud of TC! 


In just that one highlight package, he's done more in the NBA than WaPo favorites Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone.


bgf11/14/2017 10:25:24 AM

I'm not a big pro bkb fan, and certainly haven't followed the Hawks, but can anyone share whether this is likely to be isolated success?  In other words, did he play so many minutes because of an injury or foul trouble for a starter, or does it look like he is likely to become a regular contributor?

bm11/14/2017 10:37:24 AM

Deep value in Fantasy NBA!

dmvpiranha11/14/2017 11:09:38 AM

Likely to be an isolated success unfortunately, given he can only spend a total of 45 days in the NBA being on a two-way contract. The Hawks are banged up (Muscala, Ilyasova, Plumlee, and Bembry all missed the game) and were facing foul trouble in the game in the frontcourt (Dedmon, Babbitt, and Collins all had 3/4 fouls and Tyler was shooting lights out). The Hawks might finish last in the Eastern Conference, and be looking to the future so it's not out of question Tyler might have a future with the franchise as a stretch 4. They face the Kings tomorrow at home (7:30 PM EST) who are arguably worse than Atlanta right now so I wouldn't be surprised to see Tyler get some run and have another nice game.


thomas11/14/2017 11:16:14 AM

The Hawks are in full TANK mode this year, and are looking for young guys who can play, so I think Cavanaugh can have sustained success with them this year. In an interesting twist, I believe the only injured player on Atlanta is former St. Joe's star DeAndre Bembry!! Even though they play a different position, Cavanaugh could be taking opportunities away from someone he battled several times in college. 


rich maier11/14/2017 12:55:10 PM

Great game by Ty. This should lead to consistent playing time. 


gw alum abroad11/14/2017 1:29:36 PM

Again, contractually he can only be with Atlanta for 45 days, so not much hope of being Rookie-of-the-Year but plenty of time to gorge on chillidogs at The Varsity. Still, very happy to see a fellow GW alum doing well!

bigfan11/14/2017 3:40:28 PM

However much he is in the NBA this year, he has established that he is a player.

As noted above, it came against some of the league's very best apparently.

Interestingly, if he somehow establishes himself in the league, his two-contract is not a great deal. But it was great in terms of getting him there, especially so early.

Feel like we are living the dream, along with Tyler.

No matter what happens after this for Tyler or his former team, we have last night to look back on. And reflect here is someone who did all the right things, a team player, a good student, who put in the work and beat the very long odds against him and right now is living his dream just months after leaving GW.


rkelley11/14/2017 9:28:53 PM

He looks like a GOOD starting NBA player. I bet he's a 16 PTS/7 rebounds type of forward with inside and outside game in the NBA once he gets a shot. He's just so efficient and his ability to knock down threes is pure. He splashes from all angles--no matter what corner, the point, even the wing. His jumper looks so good off the pass and dribble, he looks strong in the post, he can pass and move. What a steal for the Hawks. That's a smart FO right there. The rockets get all of the credit but the Hawks are impressive.


elj11/14/2017 10:38:08 PM

I just hope TC can continue to hit his treys when opposing teams wake up to his talent and start crowding him behind the arc.

rkelley11/14/2017 11:00:52 PM

He will continue to hit his treys. He has a beautiful jumpshot, his college spray chart is all over the arc, and he hit a lot of those off the dribble and improvisation rather than a set play.


At GW, particularly last year, opposing defenses scouted and almost totally focused on him. They gave Yuta and co' a lot of breathing room while trying to shut down Cavanaugh and they couldn't slow him despite GW's lack of point guard and supporting cast. He had some really tough matchups during his GW career vs URI, FSU, Dayton, Richmond, UVA and was nearly unphased. Game in and game out he put up double digit scoring to go with 8-10 rebounds. He can score outside, and has plenty of inside game. He shoots off the dribble like few forwards, he has great balance and feet in the post, he is strong and can win rebounding battles. He's comparably sized and athletically endowed to David Lee, who dominated the glass at times during his NBA career, and he has the kind of offensive toolset that helped Keith Van Horn and Ryan Anderson put together very nice careers in the NBA. I think he's tougher and smarter than those players, and plays with more guts even. Young team or not, the fact he's already getting this kind of opportunity, capitalizing and getting these kind of cheers from his teammates shows Tyler will continue to be Tyler.


dmvpiranha11/15/2017 8:54:04 PM

Hawks are dominating the Kings right now, up 64-35 at halftime. Tyler has 3 points on 1-2 shooting along with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block in 10 minutes. He has the largest +/- of any of the reserves at +14. I would imagine he'll play more in the second half if the game remains a blowout. 


dc native11/15/2017 10:43:06 PM

Wow, when's the last time a GW alum scored 16 points in an NBA game?

the dude11/15/2017 10:47:51 PM

Just 3 points for TC tonight, but he did add 5 boards and 4 dimes in 19 minutes.  ATL won by 46.  You are probably a bad team if you lose to a 2-12 team by 46, but SAC did just that tonight. Keep at it TC!!



xac11/16/2017 12:47:07 PM

This game saw Ersan Illyasova return from injury, so Tyler moved down one spot in the rotation. Tyler came in with 2 minutes left in the first quarter after Sacramento had pulled closer. Tyler can enter a game and seamlessly fit into the offense and mostly hold his own on defense. It's apparent that the coaching staff has confidence in giving him minutes. By the time Tyler's minutes were up in the second quarter, the Hawks had once again increased their lead. The announcers, (Rathbun and Domnique Wilkins) really like Tyler. They really talked him up, and noticed multiple times that he was open and maybe should have gotten a pass. He got a lot of face time on the screen throughout the game.

In the second half, Babbitt, who suffered from back spasms, did not return, and Tyler started. The Hawks extended their lead during this period, but Sacramento, in an effort to get back in the game, isolated Zach Randolph on Tyler, causing Tyler to draw some quick fouls. This is the second game where Tyler was covering the best "big" on the opposing team. He had to sit out most of the rest of the 3rd and most of the 4th quarters with 4 fouls, but the lead really mushroomed to 40 during that stretch. He played the last 5:30 in the game that was truly garbage time. To his credit, he didn't try to take advantage of the lead by throwing up a ton of shots-- he let his teammates do that. He rolled off picks numerous times to be wide open, but never got the ball. He only took two shots, and should have at least 3 more assists on great passes that teammates didn't finish.

Tyler was called up because of injuries to Illyasova and Mike Muscala, both power forwards. With Illyasova back, and Muscala expected back soon, it will be interesting to see what the Hawks do when that happens. The Hawks starters are young, and the team definitely needs some veteran experience, but Tyler looks to be more talented and versatile than these two. Stay tuned.


jp11/16/2017 2:51:01 PM

i'm Japanese,but i'm glad to see Tyler on NBA! he doesn't seem to be so athletic but very smart and his shooting is awesome. hope to see his success.

bigfan11/16/2017 3:26:47 PM

Nice report, XAC.

Tyler is not forcing his shots, which is good in a basketball sense, but perhaps not in terms of self-promotion.

Great on assists and doing the big things like guarding the top player and the little things, like screens, passes, defense cutting off opposing players (noted in an article on Monday's game), etc. Hope the coaches like what they see and aren't blindsided by sheer numbers. Great rebounding and assists and XAC in his really excellent and much appreciated report said there should have been more assists.

Don't necessarily believe fully in the stat, but for those who do, believe his plus-minus ended up being more than +20.

Coaches need to alert teammates pass to an open Tyler more. His teammates, however, apparently reveled in Tyler's success Monday. That is a testament to what kind of guy he is on and off the court.

Now the Syracuse paper covers him well. The reporter there following his career said in comments that Tyler's agent said he expects the two-way contract to be short term.

That seems to be getting way ahead of oneself (as a cautionary tale, Pops scored something like 21 on the Bulls and hung around the league for some time, but never got a fair shot and suffered a bizarre injury at one point). But it speaks well for the Hawks who have expressed their interest in Tyler with two paying NBA contracts.

They are very lucky to have Tyler, who stepped up for the Hawks at their time of greatest need. Have little confidence in anything connected to the NBA,especially the NBA and GW, but Hawks would do well to remember who has come through for them. Not only is Tyler skilled, he is a lucky charm for Atlanta. The whole tenor of the team has changed since Tyler arrived, playing much better and now getting a blowout win.

We are very lucky to have Tyler as a bright spot in a challenging season. Doing it the right way with hard work, decency, humility, team play and his degree (almost degrees) tucked away for after what we hope is a long productive NBA career if he wants it.



kiyotchan11/22/2017 10:40:56 PM

I hope that Tyler is signed by Hawks and he has a successful career at the highest level.


bigfan11/23/2017 2:41:22 AM

Looks like 8 points for Tyler last night in 15 minutes from memory after a quick glance.


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