On Thursday, Dwight Howard destroyed the Warriors on his way to a 40-20 night, the first since 2003. Nobody on the Warriors could defend Dwight, and many of the Warriors players got into foul trouble. However, besides the lack of post defense, another issue presented itself. Here are the playing times for each of the Warriors big men:
Andris Biedrins 20:44
David Lee 41:41
Ekpe Udoh 14:32
Jeremy Tyler 1:12
Andris Biedrins was in foul trouble all night. Ekpe Udoh couldn't stay with Dwight Howard and every possession ended with either a basket or a foul. David Lee sometimes had to guard Howard, and he also ended up fouling out, along with Biedrins. However, there was one player who the Warriors would not play no matter what: Jeremy Tyler. They even went small instead of playing Jeremy Tyler. He was only sent out once to intentionally foul Dwight Howard.
By not playing Tyler even with all the other big men fouling out, the coaching staff basically told everyone that Jeremy Tyler was not ready to play NBA basketball. They told everyone that they thought having Tyler defend Dwight would be worse than having Lee or Udoh defend Dwight.
If the coaching staff is going to sit Jeremy Tyler on the bench, then it is obvious that the Warriors should send Tyler to the D-League. The Warriors did not pay two million to see Jeremy Tyler sit on the bench. Joe Lacob did not buy a D-League team so he could watch it go unused. In addition, this is a shortened season, meaning that there is not a lot of practice time between games and that Tyler will not be able to improve if he stays on the Warriors. If the Warriors truly believe that they can develop Tyler, then he should be sent to the D-League immediately.
Larry Riley knows all of this. He signed Earl Barron today. Earl Barron is not a good player. But apparently he is good enough to start over Jeremy Tyler. If that is the case, then there is absolutely no reason to wait. Send Tyler to the D-League.