Jeremy Tyler heads down to the boardwalk to suit up with the Santa Cruz Warriors when they take on the Erie BayHawks tonight. It's Tyler's fifth game with Golden State’s D-League affiliate, his first since New Year’s Day.
Kent Bazemore, Tyler’s traveling buddy for the first four assignments, will not make the trip. Injuries to Curry and Jack, as well as Bazemore’s play, has opened up some playing time for the rookie guard.
Bazemore has appeared in 9 straight games (since 12/29 vs Boston), averaging 4:45 mpg. That stretch includes playing the entire fourth quarter in the blow-out loss to the Clippers and 17:54 in the loss to the Heat.
Against the Heat, Bazemore scored six points, handed out five assists and grabbed four boards, helping the Warriors close a 30-point deficit to a more respectable 15-point loss. His reward? He was the first guard off the bench the following game against the Spurs with Curry sidelined with an ankle injury.
The 6’5” guard earned a roster spot on the size-starved Warriors this offseason with his defense and energy on the undefeated Summer League team. He caught Warriors’ fans attention with his animated cheering from the bench. Now with injuries creating opportunity, he has earned the opportunity to stick around in the big leagues for the time being.
Jeremy Tyler on the other hand will get some run in the D-League. Tyler is averaging 15.0 points, 8.3 rebounds on 52.0 FG% in 30.5 minutes per game with Santa Cruz. The second year player has appeared in 16 games with Golden State averaging 1.1 points in 3.1 minutes per game. Last season, Tyler only appeared in five games with the Dakota Wizards (he made 23 starts for Golden State).