Trey Lyles
Trey Lyles
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Denver Nuggets
GTD
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 2/22/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
In his first campaign with Denver, Lyles had trouble finding a bigger role than he occupied during the previous two seasons in Utah. He came off the bench to see 19.1 minutes per game and averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The Kentucky product did see a significant boost in efficiency, however, shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from deep and 69.7 percent from the charity stripe, raising his true shooting percentage to 59.0 compared to 49.1 percent over his first two years. That said, as is the case with all Nuggets frontcourt players not named Nikola Jokic or Paul Millsap, it’s hard to imagine Lyles seeing a much bigger role come 2018-19. His best chance at finding time might be if he can find a way to play at small forward, considering the departure of Wilson Chandler. However, Lyles has only played power forward and center across his first three years as a pro. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.58 million contract with the Jazz in July of 2015. Jazz exercised $2.44 million team option for 2017-18 in October of 2016. Traded to the Nuggets in June of 2017. Nuggets exercised $3.36 million team option for 2018-19 in September of 2017.
Status uncertain for Friday
FDenver Nuggets
Undisclosed
February 20, 2019
Lyles (undisclosed) is questionable for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Lyles exited Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, leaving his status up in the air for Friday's game in Dallas. If he's unable to play, Juancho Hernangomez could benefit from an increased role off the bench.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
Lyles has a hard time solidifying a role in Utah, though a fresh start in Denver could be what he needs to help unlock some of his untapped potential. The Jazz flipped him for draft pick Donovan Mitchell last month, which proves the Nuggets believe the Kentucky product still has some upside. After a solid rookie season in which Lyles started 33 games, he regressed in his second year by seeing a decline in the majority of his numbers. In fact, Lyles played played just 16.3 minutes, while shooting just 36 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range. With the switch to Denver, Lyles isn't necessarily going to see an easier path to playing time. The Nuggets added superstar Paul Millsap in the offseason and have guys like Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Tyler Lydon and Darrell Arthur, all of whom could see time at the power forward position. That should leave Lyles in a relatively small bench role, severely limiting his upside as a Fantasy target.
Lyles was selected by the Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and is expected to begin his professional career in a role off the bench as a stretch-four. The rookie is coming from the University of Kentucky where he played in a platoon system which limited him to just 23 minutes per game while averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. His soiree in the Summer League didn't get off to a great start, but he ended up averaging 11.3 points, on 32 percent shooting, after six outings playing 24 minutes per game. Heading into the regular season, he'll be eased into the league as a limited player off the bench, and it appears that veteran Trevor Booker will be his main competition for minutes. Over time, Lyles could completely edge out Booker, but coach Quin Snyder will likely lean on Booker in the first portion of the season since he's a reliable rebounder while Lyles still has a lot to prove. As it stands, the rookie won't appear on many draft boards for standard-sized leagues this season, but he'll be worth monitoring as the year progresses and certainly may warrant a waiver wire addition as both he and the season mature.
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Another strong shooting night
FDenver Nuggets
February 7, 2019
Lyles contributed 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes Wednesday in the Nuggets' 135-130 loss to the Nets.
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Leads bench in scoring
FDenver Nuggets
February 4, 2019
Lyles finished with 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in 28 minutes Monday against Detroit.
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Another solid effort off bench
FDenver Nuggets
January 24, 2019
Lyles totaled 12 points (6-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 20 minutes in the Nuggets' 114-108 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
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Gets extended run from bench
FDenver Nuggets
January 20, 2019
Lyles contributed 16 points (7-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists and a steal across 19 minutes in Saturday's 124-102 win over the Cavaliers.
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Plays nine minutes in loss
FDenver Nuggets
January 16, 2019
Lyles (wrist) finished with four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five rebounds, and two assists in nine minutes during Tuesday's 142-111 loss to the Warriors.
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