Denver Nuggets first round draft pick, Tyler Lydon, sat down with DID to talk about his experience at Summer League and how playing at Syracuse helped to prepare him for the next level.
At media day, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Denver Nuggets 2017 first round draft pick, Tyler Lydon. The former pupil of Jim Boeheim is now one of the many exciting young players on this Nuggets team, but he’s at the back of a considerable log jam at the power forward position.
Lydon will have to fight for every second of court time that he can get, so it should be fun to watch him compete in training camp and the preseason.
I asked him some questions about his upcoming rookie year:
DID: How excited are you for your first NBA training camp?
“Really excited. Can’t wait to get out with these guys. Great group of guys that are a lot of fun to be around. I am just excited to get things going.”
DID: Can you describe your experience at Summer league and how it’ll help you going into the season?
“It was a good experience for myself because I got to learn a lot. I didn’t play as good as I wanted to or even close to that. But, I just tried to learn from every game whether that was the speed or the pace. Since then I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better and it was a good experience.”
DID: Can you talk about how your experience at Syracuse has helped prepare you for the NBA?
“It’s huge. They teach you how to be a pro there on and off the court. Whether that’s with school or anything really, even interacting in the community it’s huge for that. As far as basketball wise, you’re playing against the best competition every night in the ACC. So, that helps you prepare a lot in many different ways.”
DID: I know you guys played a lot of zone at Syracuse. Can you talk about the adjustment of having to switch to man-to-man?
“I think I’ve adjusted really well. But at the end of the day I have to come in and watch film and be as prepared as I can be. Before Syracuse I was playing man-to-man my whole life, at Syracuse we practiced man-to-man. So it’s not like I don’t know how to play it or anything.”
DID: Can you talk about playing in the final four a couple years ago and how playing in front of such a big crowd, on such a big stage will help prepare you to play the NBA?
“That absolutely helps. Plus at Syracuse we are playing in front of 30,000 fans every night or close to that and an atmosphere like that certainly gets you ready for the NBA atmosphere”
DID: Who are you most excited to play with? Have you got to know any of the guys yet?
“Yeah we got to know each other here a little bit. I’m just excited to touch the floor with everybody. Everybody in this organization seems to want to play together and play the right way and that makes it hard to not want to play with guys like that. So I’m excited to play with everybody.”
Lydon signed a rookie contract with the Nuggets over the summer. He’ll have a full season to learn from his teammates and coaching staff while adapting to the NBA climate.
This was the first of several interviews that Dig In Denver was able to secure during media day, so keep your eyes peeled for the remaining interviews and all of our coverage during training camp and the preseason.