Tyrus needs to be able to do 1 thing to break out.
Average around 35 solid mpg and stay out of foul trouble.
The rest will come as he matures and stays healthy.
Totally agree with this, and staying out of foul trouble will lead to increased minutes. He was starting for a good stretch of the season, but he rarely got 20 minutes/game because he kept getting called for stupid fouls. He needs to be able to defend in the post without picking up fouls, and if he does get a foul, he can't let it affect the rest of his game.
Coming into his third season, he should start realizing what he needs to do to stay on the court. Also, his great work ethic has been paying off. He was one of our best players in the Summer League games, and he hasn't been forcing it like he did the last two years. His jumper looks smooth, and it really improved throughout last season. I am now comfortable with him taking any shot out to about 18 feet. I really think this is the year that he bursts onto the scene, and to think about him in his prime in about 5 years, I think he will be great - easily a 20/10 candidate. I still haven't given up on him.
He lacks the bulk and interior game to be a quality PF.
He lacks the skill and IQ to be a quality SF.
Even if he gets bigger minutes, don't expect greatness. He's too weak in too many key areas to become an all-star calibre player in the NBA. Wouldn't even suprise me to see Thomas shipped out next summer if the Bulls can bring in a more prototypical PF. His trade value should be increased by then.
With playing time he's proven he can be really good. I think Paxson/Del Negro need to give him lots of playing time this season to see how he develops. If he still turns out to be a bust at the end of next season then try and trade him. But I still think he has a lot of potential and can become close to a 20/10player. With lots of playing time this season I think he'll average 16 or 17/7 a game.
dak121-both of your points are dead on. He does not have the IQ or a ball handling skills of a SF. He can do better at PF under two conditions...have a PG like Rose and an interior scoring Center...which we don't have with Noah and Gooden is too short to be a center. No matter what he guy is going to be a mis-fit at any position. I suppose he can play defense against 3s and 4s sometime but you will have to hide him on the offense in a half court setup.
I think his post offense can be very good with a little bit of work. With his vertical explosiveness, he shouldn't ever get a shot blocked, which works well for hook shots. He has range out to 18 feet, so you can't sag off him on defense, and I think his dribbling is good enough to take most PF's one-on-one. As long as he has a good help-side defender, that person will be able to cancel out his average on-the-ball defense, and he can help out with the best of them as well.
he's basically in the same situation as Chandler. He needs a good pg and a bigman scorer beside him. He'll be good if he is asked to do the little things and if there are other teamates getting attention. He can be a slasher/rebounder/shotblocker.
He should be more patient on offense. He should focus on hitting the open jumper and slashing. Driving to the basket will come later once he starts hitting his jumper. He can save 2-3 fouls per game if he doesnt force his offense. Half of his fouls are offensive fouls.
If Tyrus stays injury free, in 3-5 years he will be a 20-10 guy for sure.
I have faith in his potential, and I expect a breakout season from his end. One thing that could make my expectation another let down is if Tyrus continues to get into foul trouble, and shows hesitation on his jumper when he's open. I know the new coaching staff will be great for Tyrus in both giving him minutes and helping his confidence. Rose will up Tyrus's game, big time. Once those guys build some chemistry, it will be nuts. Can't wait to watch this season progress.