No player changed our opinion of him more so than Mark Tyndale
did this week, who was quite possibly the most consistently impactful player on the floor in the entire tournament, filling up the stat sheet in every which way. The winner of the most inspiring player award for the tournament, Tyndale brought a relentless motor to the game for every second of every game, playing extremely hard on both ends, fully taking advantage of this opportunity to play in front of scouts and executives.
On the offensive end, while Tyndale may not have the most fluid handle in the world, he shows good control, getting to the basket using hesitation dribbles and crossovers, and even playing some point forward at time, as his 7 assists per game here would indicate. Tyndale is a versatile passer, driving and dishing, pushing the ball ahead in transition, and showing the vision to hit an open teammate on the other side of the court. Hes an unselfish player who didnt make very many mistakes here, but his 3.4 turnovers per game on the season is a bit concerning.
In terms of his own offense, Tyndale isnt a huge threat to score, though he does show some skills. His jump shot did not look very good here, but he shot a respectable 71% from the line on the season, along with 37% from three, on a decent sample size of 87 attempts. His mechanics are not very pretty, with a noticeable hitch in his shot and a fairly slow release, while he also gets inconsistent with his motion on pull-ups or when rushed. When hes given the time and space to get his shot off comfortably, though, he has decent success, and this is an area he can and should improve on.
Where Tyndale really excels, though, is on the defensive end, where he plays excellent man and team defense, using his athleticism and strong frame to harass his man and crash the passing lanes, making deflections, steals, and blocks all over the court. He shows good anticipation skills and has excellent hands, while playing a pretty smart game overall. Hes effective on the boards as well, where he has the strength to pull down rebounds in a crowd, and shows the effort level to do so.
Tyndale definitely shows some problems in terms of an NBA future, specifically with his lack of a reliable outside shot and the fact that hes just 65, so he has an uphill battle to make and stick in the league. Similar players in his mold, such as New Yorks Renaldo Balkman
, have found niches in the NBA, but he is a bit shorter than those players typically are. Regardless, if he can continue to make impact plays at the pre-draft camp and in summer league, hes someone a team might give a roster spot to, as he brings great intangibles and a nonstop motor to the table, while being a very good athlete as well.