Taylor, now 22, went undrafted out of Austin Peay State University in 2021. He first latched on with Indiana on an Exhibit 10 deal during the 2021 offseason. The team waived him in October before inking him to a two-way contract. The 6’5″ wing was subsequently promoted to the team’s 15-man roster this spring, alongside two-way point guard Duane Washington.
Across 33 games in 2021/22, Taylor enjoyed a productive rookie season off the bench for a lottery-bound Pacers club. He averaged 9.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 1.2 APG across 21.6 MPG. He connected on 61.4% of his 6.7 field goal looks and 70.6% of his 1.5 charity stripe attempts.
In 14 contests while with the Pacers’ NBAGL affiliate club, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, on his two-way contract, Taylor’s numbers were even more impressive. He averaged 18.9 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.4 SPG and 1.0 BPG, while making 67.4% of his field goals and 77.3% of his free throws.
Taylor’s 2022/23 salary was already partially guaranteed for $625K and was on track to become fully guaranteed if he remained under contract through Sunday — it appears the Pacers made their decision a little early.