Tyshawn Taylor has only played six games with the Springfield Armor this season and theres a good reason why he hasn’t played more: he’s good. Really good.
In those six games, Taylor has averaged 26.2 points, 46.5% FG, 43.5% 3PT, 7.5 assists and 1.7 steals per. The only person to average more PPG in the D-League this season is Reggie Jackson, and he’s played in just three games with the Tulsa 66ers. On top of that, the Armor have a .500 record when Taylor suits up for them. It may not seem that impressive, but when you realise that they are 17-25 on the season, it’s a pretty big deal.
Unfortunately for the Armor, they’d need a miracle to make the Playoffs at this point. With only eight games remaining in the regular season, they’d pretty much have to win every one to make up for being five games behind the Erie BayHawks for the eighth seed. But there’s a chance. And they happen to finish the season playing the BayHawks three times, so if they win every one of those, they could gain some ground. The first of those match-ups occurred last night and luckily for the Armor, Taylor was still on assignment from the Brooklyn Nets.
In 31 minutes of action, Taylor scored a game-high 30 points (10-19 FG), dished out seven assists and recorded four steals. He scored eight points in the final two minutes of the tightly contested game, which included a clutch three with 16 seconds remaining to put the Armor up by six. But really, it should never have gotten that close. Had Taylor played a handful more minutes, perhaps the Armor would have blown them out. Reason being: the Armor were +26 when Taylor was on the court.
There isn’t anyone in the D-League who can stop Taylor, and as long as he is with the Armor, they have a fighting chance at making the Playoffs. As I said, it won’t be easy, but anytime you have someone who is talented as Taylor on your team, anything is possible.