Tony Taylor Jr. has drawn some pretty lofty comparisons for an undrafted player, with people saying he is a lot like Chauncey Billups, who took a while to get going in his career in his own right after beginning in Beantown and eventually requiring a move to Denver before he found his game. So, the comparisons may not be that unruly given the possible similarities in their careers, though Billups was drafted 3rd overall in 1997, which put far higher expectations on him than those placed upon Taylor.
Taylor is not as big as Billups, at 6’1″ compared to Billups’ 6’3″, but he is strong like Billups and is heady and tough. He has a nice jump shot and the leadership needed to run an offense, which will prove valuable off the C’s bench after Rondo takes his breather.
It’s refreshing to see Danny Ainge targeting a true point guard, though they could already have the answer to the matter with Dionte Christmas joining the fold. Either way, Keyon Dooling is there as a grizzled veteran to back up Rondo. Still, having a third legitimate point guard in the fold, whether it be Taylor or Christmas, only seems to make sense.
Taylor’s assist numbers were low at George Washington, but part of that was likely due to the lack of talent around him. He often was forced to score, whereas in Boston (and more to the point at the NBA level) he won’t be relied upon as heavily to do so. Thus, it remains a mystery as to how well Taylor can adapt to life as an NBA point guard.
It’s worth noting that several other teams are interested Taylor, including the Knicks, Magic, Heat, Pacers, and Lakers. With that much interest, Taylor surely must offer something the Celtics could use. If not, there’s always the D-League, which has over a dozen teams vying for him to be their starter.