Tyler Honeycutt - The Steal of the 2011 NBA Draft

Somewhere  between ‘Jimmer Time’ and the pleasant surprise of getting Isaiah Thomas with the last pick of the draft, the Kings picked up an absolute steal with pick no. 35 – Tyler Honeycutt.

At 6’8″, the former UCLA shooting guard/small forward is teeming with athletic ability, and carries a tenacious defensive presence, which showed last year when he led the Pac-10 in blocks. In Ben Howland’s system, Honeycutt gained valuable experience defending both the post and perimeter – something assistant coach Mario Elie will love.

But it’s on the opposite side of the ball where Honeycutt can really shine.

Before injuring his shoulder midway through the season, Honeycutt averaged roughly 15 points, and 8 rebounds per game. He’s primarily an off-ball player, who found his niche as both a spot-up and off-screen shooter. However, the most impressive part of his game is his passing ability. His assist numbers don’t accurately depict how great of a passer this guy really is. He’s always looking to set up teammates with his sharp passes, and has a very high basketball IQ. If he can learn to make better decisions with some of his passes, he can prove to be a deadly offensive player.

Only time will tell if this once projected first-round pick will pan out, but on a team with a plethora of scorers, his passing ability will be greatly appreciated, and he will have the opportunity to thrive.

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