Tyson Hinz is a 24 year old 20cm forward from Ottawa, Canada that is playing his third professional season and first in Germany with the Mitteldeutscher BC: He played the last two seasons with Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie) playing a total of 73 games and last season played 35 games averaging 13.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 76.6%. He started his basketball career at Carleton University (CIS) in 2009 and played there until 2014 playing a total of 123 CIS games and as a senior played 27 games averaging 15.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 76.1%. There he won four CIS titles and three OUA titles. He spoke to German Hoops after the 79-65 victory against BV Chemnitz
Tyson thanks for talking to German Hoops. The Mitteldeutscher BC is currently 6-1 and have a three game winning streak. How good is basketball life for Tyson Hinz at the moment?
I am always extremely fortunate to be able to play basketball as my profession. Having our team tied for first in the league is always a nice bonus but there is still a lot of basketball to be played.
Congrats on the big 79-65 victory against 5-1 team BV Chemnitz. How beneficial has it been for you competing against so talented teams in the German Pro A that seems to be getting more and more competitive each season?
The German Pro A is filled with talented teams. Each week we have a new challenge ahead of ourselves and it forces us to improve every chance we can.
The MIttledeutscher BC led 20-11 after one quarter, but BV Chemnitz rallied back in the second to trail only 33-29 at the break. How did you feel was the opponent able to fight it´s way back into the contest?
BV Chemnitz is a great team with a lot of weapons. Especially at their arena, we knew that no matter the score they would keep fighting and their fans would support them. It was going to be a battle for 40 minutes regardless of the score.
Did the three consecutive three pointers to start the fourth quarter by Sergio Kerusch and Andrew Warren break the back of BV Chemnitz?
Naturally 3 consecutive three pointers is a great way to start a quarter but there is still a lot of time remaining. Chemnitz has a lot of players who can knock down tough shots so we still had to keep working till the final buzzer.
MBC saved their best for last scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter. Does the fact that MBC has a very potent offense just give you mental advantages against opponents in key phases of games?
I think even more than offense, the ability to get consecutive defensive stops down the stretch gives us the greatest advantage. Our team takes pride in our defense, and through good defense we are able to get in transition to create easy shots.
How key was it for holding key Americans Chris Carter and Joe Lawson to combined 3/15 shooting in the game?
Our coaching staff did a great job preparing us for their roster and their plays and our guys did a great job executing the game plan. We knew if we let their star players get going, it would be a tough night for us.
Even if there were five teams at 5-1 going into the weekend, the Mitteldeutscher BC are the favorite to win the Pro A. How aware are the players on the team just how talented the club is as a whole?
Our goal as a team this year is to win the league. As a team we know that we are capable of doing this but in no way has it already been earned. We still have a lot of room for improvement and will need to get better each week if we want to find success at the end of the year.
MBC gives up 70 points per game and is fifth in the Pro A. The defense seems to have been on the same page from day one, but how has the defense continued to develop in the last weeks?
To give our team the best chance to win we need to excel on the defensive end. We know if we can get stops we can get out in transition and create easy shots for our team. Our coaching staff preaches tough physical defense and it is up to the players to execute on game day.
The team is so talented and on a good way, but when everything seems to be working and functioning so well, are there even clear flaws to notice on the team at the moment?
There are always flaws, basketball is a game of mistakes. No one team has ever played a perfect basketball game. We have in spurts, shown how strong of a team we can be but have also in spurts, shown how poor we can play. We need to be more consistent and perform at the highest level for all 40 minutes of each game.
There are so many talented players on the team, but which player do you feel have you profited most from on and off the court?
It’s hard to single one player. As you said we have many talented players but we also have a lot of experience. Guys like Zazai, Hatten and Pantelic have been playing professionally for each 10+ years and I try to learn as much as I can from those guys on and off the court.
Fans love to watch the quick Achmadschah Zazai play and sneak into the lane. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do on the court so far?
I think the thing that impresses me most about Zazai is his heart. He is always competing, every practice and every game. He gives it his all each possession and that is something to be admired.
How have you been happy with your own game? There are six guys averaging more minutes than you, but you are holding your own well and very efficient for the time you get? What has been the toughest adjustment for you for a guy who averaged 29 minutes in your first two professional seasons in Holland?
As I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of basketball left this season. I need to be efficient and effective whether I play 10 minutes or 30 minutes. A time will come where the team needs me to take a larger role and I need to be ready.
You and German Dominique Johnson are the best three point shooters on the team, but he takes almost five times as many shots as you. How important is shots election for you in the early going in the Pro A?
Shot selection is important for myself and for our team. We have a group of guys who are honest with each other and will let someone know if they are forcing bad shots. I am never one to count shot attempts and compare. Dominique Johnson has hit some clutch shots for us down the stretch and we will continue to try to get him open.
On what area of your game are you working on now so that it will get better and translate better to the Pro A level?
Each time you move up a level, there are new skills that need to be improved in order to be able to keep moving forward. As our team puts defense first, I am working on getting better at covering all positions, inside and out.
What have you been able to appreciate most about Weissenfels and Germany in general in your first few months here?
Throughout my first few months, I have come to appreciate the support that the town of Weissenfels has for our team. Every road game, no matter the distance, there are fans who travel to come support us. It gives us an extra boost to see how much they care about our team and how badly they want us to be successful.
When is their going to be a Scrubb and Hinz reunion in Germany?
I’m sure it will happen sometime soon. I know Phil has been in and out of the country getting rehabilitation on his knee and I have been following Tommy’s games closely. One of these weeks we will have matching off days and we can figure something out.
Kevin Garnett has retired. Where do you see him in the all-time best ranking of power forwards that ever played in the NBA?
I would put him around top 5. Duncan, Malone, Barkly, Dirk, McHale, Garnett. Aside from Duncan #1, the others are in no particular order
What was the last movie that you saw?
Thanks Tyson for the chat.