Tyler Lydon is an American professional basketball player who started in high school and now plays as a professional for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
As is common for most professional basketball players, Lydon played B-ball for Syracuse Orange in college. He was scheduled to be selected in the late first round of the NBA draft, which made him such a fascinating option for an elite team like the Lakers.
In 2016, he averaged 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game for the Orange. As he continues to hone his skills and build a great reputation in basketball for years to come, here is everything we know about Tyler Lydon.
Tyler Lydon’s Biography
Tyler Robert Lydon was born on April 9, 1996, in Hudson, New York, as one of four children of his parents; he has three brothers.
Raised in his hometown, Lydon attended Stissing Mountain High School in Pine Plains and completed a preparatory year at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Syracuse University to continue his education and committed to playing for the school’s college basketball team.
While playing for the Pine Plains basketball team, Lydon led the Bombers to the state’s Class C finals in 2013 with an average of 15.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season.
In his first year at Syracuse University in 2016, the striker led his team to the NCAA final of the last four places, and as a sophomore student, he averaged 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. In his two-year career at Syracuse University, Lydon scored 47.5 percent of his shots – and 39.8 percent from the 3-point range, averaging 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.
His 40 percent shot from 3-point range at Syracuse projected him as a four-point stretch in the NBA. An ESPN draft expert said that his ability to shoot at his size was fascinating and that Lydon, with a 7-foot wingspan at 6’9″, had potential as a shot-blocker and could protect the edge. According to Tim Connelly, President of Nuggets Basketball Operations, Lydon’s versatility was a key selling point.
Lydon’s childhood dream came true when he was selected by Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA draft and later switched to the Denver Nugget.
The Pine Plains Basketball Collection was voted 24th in the 2017 NBA Draft and was the second domestic product from Dutchess County to be drafted by the NBA, after Poughkeepsie-born Rich Rinaldi in 1971.
Tyler Lydon made his professional debut in the summer league game against the Houston Rockets, which was broadcast nationwide on NBATV. The 6-foot-9 striker signed his first professional contract with Utah Jazz. Although his terms were not disclosed, it is said that he is guaranteed a place on the team for two seasons with an option for a third and fourth season.
The maximum value of his contract is estimated at $7.66 million for four seasons according to the NBA rookie salary scale. He began wearing the No. 20 jerseys for the Nuggets and is believed to have the rare combination of shot strength, size, and rim protection that is a great legacy in the game.
His Height, Weight, and Other Body Measurements
Tyler Lydon stands at a height of 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 98 kg (215 lbs). The width of his hand measures 8.75 inches while his length is 8.75 inches. He has a standing width of 8 feet 11.5 inches with a wingspan of 7 feet. The basketball player should have a body fat of 13.60 percent.
Lydon’s physical profile is described by Draft Express as a solid size for a power forward. He is known to have an improved 223-pound frame, but less than an impressive 7-foot wingspan – with room to improve his power, of course.
The fluid, athletic Lydon is a dangerous set shooter with a high trigger point and has shown impressive consistency well beyond the NCAA three-point line.
Despite his superb marksmanship in jump shooting, he is not nearly as effective at dribbling; he does not handle the ball with excessive agility, but he runs well over the ground and is quickly back on his feet when he can build up a steam head as he approaches the basket.
Other Facts about Tyler Lyndon
- In 2017 he ranked 336th among the highest-paid NBA players and earned 18.69 percent more in 2017/18.
- He is the 11th highest-paid player in the Denver Nuggets, 2018.
- He has two agents, Andy Shiffman and Mark Bartelstein.