Tyler
Bey
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 215 lbs
School/Club: Colorado
Status: Junior
Birthday: 02/10/1998

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Dallas Mavericks (along with Josh Richardson) in exchange for Seth Curry

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About Tyler Bey

Tyler Bey is a rangy, explosive forward with budding offensive potential, a terrific motor on the glass, and an intriguing combination of versatility and instincts on the defensive end.  A lightly regarded recruit widely ranked outside of the top-100 prospects in the high school class of 2017 coming out of Middlebrooks Academy (CA), the Las Vegas native nonetheless started much of his first year under Head Coach Tad Boyle at Colorado.  Showing significant growth during his sophomore season, Bey averaged 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds nearly averaging a double-double. 

He posted similar averages as a junior but helped lead Colorado to one of their best seasons in the last twenty years earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in the process.

  • Standing 6-foot-7 with a solid 215-pound frame and a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Bey is a gifted athlete with good agility and impressive explosiveness.
     
  • Playing a somewhat unique role for the Buffaloes, Bey frequently operated one-on-one in the post, but provided some inside-outside shot making off the ball while impacting the game with his athleticism on the glass and in the open floor as well.  A bouncy finisher who is still expanding the range on his jump shot, he has some promising tools on the offensive end.
     
  • Stuffing the stat sheet and possessing coveted versatility on the defensive end, Bey was a factor in the passing lanes, active on the glass, energetic as a rim protector, and held his own for stretches guarding a wide range of opposing scorers one-on-one.

Defensive Analysis

  • With a terrific combination of length, athleticism, and energy, Bey is an excellent rebounder who regularly goes outside of his area to pursue the ball, gets his hands on the ball in the passing lanes, and even shows the timing to meet finishers at the rim. 
     
  • Allowing 0.48 points per isolation possession [85th percentile] and 0.82 points per post up possession [52nd percentile], Bey appeared more comfortable sliding with guards than banging with big men last season but possesses appealing versatility.

Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Top-10 finalist for the 2019-20 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.
  • 2018-19 All-Pac-12 First Team and 2019-20 All-Pac-12 Second Team selection.
  • 2018-19 Pac-12 Most Improved Player.

Junior (2019-20)

  • Led the Pac-12 in rebounding (9.0 rpg), finished fifth in steals (1.55 spg) and ranked seventh in blocks (1.16 bpg).
  • Averaged 13.8 points on 53.0 percent shooting from the field (ninth in Pac-12).
  • Shot 13-for-30 (41.9) from three-point range after totaling five threes in his previous two seasons.
  • Set career highs with 19 rebounds and six assists to go with 11 points vs. Wyoming (Nov. 24).
  • Became the second conference Defensive Player of the Year in school history, joining Andre Roberson (2012-13).
  • NABC All-District 19 Second Team.

Strengths

  • Versatile defender with NBA-caliber athleticism.
  • Excels as both a rim protector and wing defender.
  • Uses his length and bounce to finish on offense.
  • Plays the game with a fearless attitude.

Personal

  • Lists the Cleveland Cavaliers as his favorite pro sports team.
  • Favorite pro athlete is the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller.
  • Scored 68 points in a high school game.

Quotable
“When Tyler moves his feet and he plays with awareness and energy on defense, holy cow. He is disruptive because he is so athletic and so quick.”
-Colorado coach Tad Boyle