Friday, October 18, 2013
Jermaine Taylor's NBA chances
By Joe Kaiser
Jermaine Taylor has played in 65 NBA games since being drafted out of Central Florida in 2009, but his eye-opening performance for Cleveland on Thursday night causes reason to wonder if he could have serious staying-power in the league.
Taylor's athleticism was on display as he came off the bench to score 15 points in the Cavs' win over Detroit.
When coach Mike Brown was asked after the game about whether there's a place for the 26-year-old swingman in the league, he didn't mince his words. "It's just got to be with the right team, right fit," he told The Plain Dealer. "If he can find the right fit -- he's athletic, he's quick, he's tough, he's strong, he's got a nose for the rim. He can be a great defender because of all those attributes.
"He has a chance, it's just got to be the right fit. Maybe we are. I just don't know yet. But the way he played tonight on both ends of the floor, you have to appreciate what you saw."
If Taylor plays in the NBA this season, we have to believe the Cavs would be a serious longshot since they already have so many other wings on the roster. The better question might be whether his preseason performance gets the attention of another NBA suitor.