Last fall, we began to explore and recognize the type of hustle it takes on behalf of NBA agents everywhere to get their players noticed. Some attack things harder than others, and such agents are often who that see the hard work (that of themselves, as well as their players) pay off.
Last summer, fresh off graduating from George Washington University, Tony Taylor began meeting and working out for a handful of NBA executives.
The floor general ultimately went on to play in the NBA D-League this past season, not only helping the Tulsa 66ers win a playoff series, but also earning himself "All-NBADL" Rookie Third-Team honors.
With the summer months now upon us, Taylor is once again on that grind (as if it ever stops) to catch the attention of NBA executives all over again. But this time, he has a year of professional experience under his belt. Taylor spent the season in Tulsa putting on display those very skills that should warrant him more serious consideration come training camp. A great leader on the floor with mature instincts, the GWU grad is not only a more than capable defender, but also keeps opposing defenses honest with his ability to attack the basket and/or knock down the long range bomb.
Anyone who watched Taylor closely this past season knows that all too well, but in the interest of proving it even further, the guard has quite the busy summer ahead of him for the second year in a row.
Having employed him to lead the way for their minor league affiliate this past year, the Oklahoma City Thunder has seen enough of Taylor to intrigue them thus far. He'll be on OKC's Summer League team in Orlando at the beginning of July, where it's likely he'll play alongside some past 66ers' teammates like Jeremy Lamb, Daniel Orton, Perry Jones III, DeAndre Liggins, and/or even Reggie Jackson.
Later in the month, Taylor is also set to play for the Miami Heat's Summer League team in Las Vegas.
As if playing for both teams that appeared in last year's NBA Finals wasn't enough for Taylor, he has even more planned for the offseason. Before either summer session takes place, the guard will first also reportedly participate in a free agent camp with the Orlando Magic.