I think I asked some form of this question last year as a Tyrus critic, but would like to get some of your current thoughts based on the upcoming trade deadline...
The Tyrus supporters continue to hound on the organizations lack of ability to develop Tyrus’ potential. I think everyone here on this blog realizes that Tyrus has tremendous athleticism which typically translate into potential, which ‘could’ develop into skill. At the Tyrus’ current state, I would say he’s stuck somewhere between athleticism and potential, and has only occasionally broken out with skill to match expectations. My questions is, when is enough ‘enough’? At what hypothetical point do the Tyrus supporters give in and say, “this kid just doesn’t get it?” Under the assumption that Tyrus is traded this week, and he goes to another team with what many are calling, a “real” coach, I, for one, am anxious to see the outcome. Not because I want to see Tyrus do poorly, but I really want to see how he is able to perform outside of the Bulls organization to finally put to rest this debate on Thomas.
As a Bulls fan, I would have loved to have seen him do well here, and I still would not mind him exceeding his last 4 years performance at his next destination. If Tyrus is successful on his next team, and is able to earn himself solid minutes, and able to propel himself to somewhere near his lofty expectations in Chicago, I’ll be the first to admit that I was wrong about him, and that maybe (MAYBE) there were some elements here in Chicago’s organization that were not conducive to his success. HOWEVER, if he spends the next few years struggling to earn minutes, or bounces around from team to team as a 7ppg/5rpg headcase, earning himself a poor reputation in this league, then will all the Tyrus supporters readily agree that perhaps Tyrus himself is more at blame in this situation than the Bulls organization? Or will a future failure on Tyrus’ part cause the Tyrus supporters to lament that these NBA organizations do not know how to properly handle sensitve personalities like Tyrus’? Or that these other teams don’t realize the potential and still aren’t giving Tyrus his deserved minutes to prove his worth? Or that the Bulls somehow screwed up Tyrus so badly that he was permanently damaged developmentally?
It’s a debate that could last at least the next couple of years, and maybe more. Needless to say there will be a lot of Bulls fans watching Tyrus on his next team. Personally, I would set a reasonable bar for Tyrus for the next few years on his new team to allow him to adjust. Perhaps in the range of his 2008 season when he was getting 27 mpg, 10.9ppg, 6.4rpg. If he could match those 2008 numbers on this next team in his first season with them, and perhaps elevate himself over the next few years to 30-32mpg, I would like to see him in the 15ppg, 7-8rpg average (a couple blocks per game) on his next team. Nothing spectacular. Nothing outrageous. If on his next team, he can CONSISTENTLY convince his next coach to keep him on the court for those type minutes, CONSISTENTLY achieve those type stats, help his team win, not pull any handguns on his teammates, I will readily admit that the Bulls organization was perhaps the major reason for his uninspired performance here in Chicago (whether it be poor handling, poor coaching, inability to inspire, etc…). However, if he is unable to attain that type of consistency elsewhere in this league, are the Tyrus supporters just as willing to step forward and discuss the possibility that Tyrus was more of the problem than they cared to admit?
Some may point at my future Tyrus expectations and correctly calculate that a simple increase in Tyrus' minutes on the Bulls would have mathematically resulted in those types of numbers, but the kicker here is that Tyrus has to be on the court for those minutes in order to get those numbers (something he was unable to do here, be it his own doing or the organizations, or a combination of both).
What are your thoughts/ expectations for Tyrus on his next team(s) over the next few years? What would make you think twice about your current pro-Tyrus or anti-Tyrus stance?