OKC Thunder: NBA Draft big board 2.0 – Top 30 prospects

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Tyler Bey #1 of the Colorado Buffaloes OKC Thunder (Photo by Lizzy Barrett/Getty Images) /

Tyler Bey, F, Colorado, 6’7, 215 pounds, 22 years old

The Colorado Junior put on a show last year posting 13 points, nine rebounds, over a steal, and a block per game. Tyler Bey is the latest beneficiary of the stellar zone system that the Buffalo’s deploy every year.

While Bey played down low a ton in college, that just is not possible at the next level given his current measurable. His usage rate will go down, which should help limit the turnovers, but he gets easily flustered by on-ball pressure, limiting his offensive game.

Unlike a lot of Colorado prospects, Tyler Bey was forced to play a ton of on ball. He was rarely the roamer, able to play free safety and capitalize on lazy passes that are so common in the college game. His speed moving each direction and length allow him to switch on every screen as needed, and match up with any wing on the floor.

Bey keeps his head in the game on the defensive end, resulting in steals, deflections, and flustering the opposition by blowing up plays before they happen.

He has a rare ability for a college player to contest shots, even change them, without committing a foul.

The 22-year-old offers fancy finishing around the rim while making steady improvement to his shot has left him with a ton of upside to become more of a stretch wing that causes headaches for defenses. If he can develop a consistent, respected shot to go along with his athletic ability, the defense will have to pick their poison.