Following the release of Torian Graham, the Vietnamese club has added guard Tyshawn Taylor for the upcoming time of its 8th ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) campaign.
A product of Kansas University, Tyshawn Taylor was a First Team All-Conference player in 2012, averaging just under 17 points and five assists per game.
He was selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers and then traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Taylor played two seasons for the Nets, mostly as a limited-minutes role player, before being traded again and eventually waived.
The New Jersey native continued his career in the NBA G-League and then overseas in multiple leagues around Europe and South America. He last played professionally for Guaros in Venezuela, recording 10.6 points per game in about 15 minutes per contest.
Standing at 6’3″, Taylor has great size for a combo guard with the capability to play both backcourt positions. The 29-year-old is known as an explosive scorer with range, quickness and passing ability. He is also an excellent defender who moves well and works hard when guarding opponents.
Overall, Taylor’s ball-handling, shooting and aggressiveness should provide instant solutions to some of the Heat’s existing problems which contributed to the league’s current worst record (2-6).
The former Jayhawk will be the seventh import suiting up for the Heat this season, making the Kevin Yurkus-led squad the league’s leader in this category.
Taylor has traveled to Hong Kong and is expected to make his debut for Saigon in their road game against Eastern tonight.
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