Tyler Deon Honeycutt (July 15, 1990 – July 7, 2018) was an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, where he earned first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-10 (known now as the Pac-12) as a sophomore in 2011. Honeycutt was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft. He played with the Kings for two seasons and in 2013 moved to Europe, where he played for EuroLeague clubs Khimki and Anadolu Efes. He committed suicide at age 27 following a shootout with police.
Honeycutt at UCLA in 2011
|Born||July 15, 1990|
|Died||July 7, 2018 (aged 27)|
Sherman Oaks, California
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Sylmar (Sylmar, California)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Number||3, 9, 2, 33, 10|
|2013||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2013–2014||Ironi Nes Ziona|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Honeycutt attended Sylmar High School in Sylmar, California. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Honeycutt was listed as the No. 4 small forward and the No. 28 player in the nation in 2009.
In his freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009–10, Honeycutt played in the final 26 games, starting 18, and led the team in rebounding at 6.5 per game. He was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. In the following season, he was named the team's co-MVP (with Malcolm Lee and Reeves Nelson) and first-team All-Pac-10 after averaging 12.8 points per game and leading the conference in blocks with 2.1 per game. He declared for the NBA draft after the season.
NBA career (2011–2013)Edit
Honeycutt was drafted in the second round with the 35th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA draft. He played in his first NBA game on December 31, 2011, and scored two points in four minutes. On January 1, 2012, Honeycutt was assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. The Kings recalled him on January 24.
On February 20, 2013, Honeycutt was traded to the Houston Rockets along with Thomas Robinson and Francisco García in exchange for Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich. In two seasons with Sacramento, he played only 24 games with the Kings because of injuries and D-League assignments.
On February 24, Houston assigned him to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. He was waived by the Rockets on March 5, so they could sign guard Aaron Brooks. Afterwards, he rejoined the Vipers.
Overseas career (2014–2018)Edit
On July 8, 2014, he signed a two-year deal with the Russian team Khimki. In 2014–15 season, he won the Eurocup championship with Khimki, Europe's 2nd tier competition. In 2015–16 Euroleague, he made his debut in Europe's top competition. Over 23 EuroLeague games, he averaged 6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
On July 22, 2016, Honeycutt signed a 1+1 deal with Turkish club Anadolu Efes, where he won the Turkish Basketball Super League Slam Dunk Contest. Over 35 EuroLeague games, he averaged career-highs of 9.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2 assists per game. On June 28, 2017, Efes officially opted out of their deal with Honeycutt, and he became a free agent.
On July 14, 2017, Honeycutt returned to Moscow-based Khimki. He signed a contract for the 2017–18 season. After missing the first nine games of the EuroLeague season due to injury, he returned to the court in late November 2017. He helped Khimki advance to the EuroLeague Playoffs, where they lost to CSKA Moscow 3–1 in the quarterfinal series. Over 17 EuroLeague games, he averaged 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. In VTB United League, Khimki lost the final game to CSKA Moscow, 95–84.
On the afternoon of July 6, 2018, Honeycutt's mother called 911 after he had been acting erratically. She said that he had been using nitrous oxide "for six months overseas and I think it scrambled his brain." When police arrived they found that he had barricaded the entrance to his Sherman Oaks home. He fired a shot that hit a wall next to an officer, who fired back at Honeycutt. After nine hours, LAPD SWAT entered the home early the next morning, and found Honeycutt dead.
Bort Escoto, who coached Honeycutt for four years at Sylmar High School, said that "he was a great kid to be around. But he was having some problems", because in Russia he didn't know the language and the surroundings, concluding that "he was basically having a hard time with the adjustment. I just kept telling him he needed to get out and meet people". An autopsy determined that he committed suicide by a gunshot wound to the head.
Honeycutt's mother later sued the L.A. Police Department, saying it failed to de-escalate the situation and get him medical care.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
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