Trey Lyles
Trey Lyles
24-Year-Old ForwardF
San Antonio Spurs
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Est. Return 11/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a strong 2017-18 season, Lyles saw a fairly significant drop in usage and production with the Nuggets last season, and it got to the point where Lyles had essentially played himself out of the rotation. The biggest reason was Lyles becoming a non-factor from behind the arc, as the 23-year-old shot just 25.5 percent from deep after shooting an excellent 38.1 percent the year prior. Lyles' offensive game is not strong enough in other places to make up for such poor shooting. Now, he will get a fresh start in San Antonio after signing a two-year contract with the Spurs late in free agency. While the Spurs are obviously secure at the power forward position with starter LaMarcus Aldridge, question marks arise afterwards with Rudy Gay being his backup, as the 32-year-old Gay has played an average of just 52 games per season over the last three years. With Gay unlikely to be healthy for the entire 82-game season, Lyles could emerge as Aldridge's backup for certain stretches next season and have a shot at giving his young career new life. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Trey Anthony Lyles was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He moved to Indiana with his family when he was seven years old and has represented both the United States and Canada in international events. Lyles attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, averaging 23.7 points, 12.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior. He led Arsenal to the state championship game that season and earned Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year honors. Lyles was also named a McDonald's All-American and played in the Jordan Brand Classic. In addition, he was selected a First-Team Parade All-American and was dubbed Indiana Mr. Basketball. In 2013, Lyles played for Team Canada at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship, helping his home country earn an all-time-best sixth-place finish. He has hosted the Trey Mamba Lyles Skills & Training Camp at his alma mater Arsenal Technical High School. Lyles matched each camper's registration fee and donated all money to cancer research. Learn more about Lyles by following him on Twitter (@TreyLyles) and on Instagram (@treylyles).

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In his first and only season with Kentucky, Lyles was named to the 2014-15 SEC All-Freshman team. The Indianapolis, Indiana native helped the Wildcats bring home both the 2014-15 Southeast Conference regular-season championship and the 2015 SEC Tournament championship. In addition, he helped take the Wildcats to the 2015 Final Four, where they lost to Wisconsin. His best effort in that tournament came in a second-round matchup against Cincinnati, when Lyles had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while chipping in two blocks as well. For the season, Lyles was third on the team in two-point buckets (113) and rebounds per game (5.2). He began his one-and-done campaign as a bench player, but he ended up starting 14 of the last 15 games and averaging 10.7 PPG over that span. Lyles announced he would enter the 2015 NBA Draft after his freshman season and was taken in the first round (12th pick overall) by the Utah Jazz.

Missing restart with appendicitis
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Out For Season
July 15, 2020
Coach Greg Popovich announced Wednesday that Lyles won't be available for the restart of the NBA season due to appendicitis, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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The 24-year-old was expected to see an expanded role in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder), but the appendicitis appears to have cost him that opportunity. According to Garcia, Lyles recently underwent an appendectomy in Orlando and has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season.
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2019

During the summer of 2019, Trey Lyles signed a two-year agreement with San Antonio. Lyles appeared in all 63 games of the shortened season for the Spurs, with a career-high 53 starts. Lyles started the first 14 games of the season for San Antonio, came off the bench for the next 10 contests and then returned to the starting five for the final 39 games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. The fifth-year forward averaged 6.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 three-pointer, 0.4 steals and 0.4 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game. On Nov. 1, Lyles set a career high with 14 rebounds versus the Warriors and again reached that total Jan. 4 against the Bucks. His first of two double-doubles occurred Feb. 6 in Portland when he totaled a season-high 23 points, with 4-of-6 three-point shooting, to accompany 10 rebounds and two steals. On Mar. 10, the 6-foot-9 forward recorded his second double-double via 14 points, 10 rebounds, four three-pointers, two assists, one block and one steal in a home win over the Mavericks. Lyles shot a career-high 73.3 percent from the charity stripe and drained 38.7 percent of his three-point attempts. He finished the season ranked third on the Spurs in total made threes (65), tied for fourth in blocks (28) and eighth in minutes played (1,271).

2018

In his second season with the Nuggets, Lyles was once again a valuable reserve. He appeared in 64 games, only twice as a starter. It was par for the course for the Kentucky product, who started two games the year prior as well, and four games in his final season with the Jazz. Lyles averaged 17.5 minutes per contest. He made 41.8 percent of his field goals, 25.5 percent of his three-point shots and 69.8 percent of his free throws. Overall, he averaged 8.5 points per game in the regular season. The high point of his campaign came in a November win over the Magic. He scored 22 points in 18 minutes on 9-for-15 shooting. In the playoffs, Lyles fell out of the rotation. He appeared in three games and averaged 2.7 minutes per contest.

2017

After two seasons with Utah, Lyles was traded to the Denver Nuggets in June of 2017. The move was a positive one for the forward as he averaged a career-high 19.1 minutes across 73 games. Lyles posted a number of career-best marks over the course of the regular season. His 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game were all career highs. He also knocked down a career-high 1.1 three-pointers per game, making 38.1 percent of his attempts from deep. The University of Kentucky product converted 49.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, easily surpassing his previous season-best mark. He logged a career-high six double-doubles during the campaign, doubling his total from his first two seasons combined. Among those performances was a 23-point, 10-rebound effort against Minnesota on Dec. 27. Lyles made a career-high five three-pointers en route to a career-high 25 points against Indiana on Dec. 10. He topped that scoring output with a career-high 26 points against his former team, the Utah Jazz, on Jan. 5, adding seven rebounds and two steals in the victory.

2016

In his sophomore campaign, Lyles produced numbers similar to those of his rookie season. He played in 71 games for Utah, averaging 16.3 minutes per contest. Lyles' 6.2 points per game narrowly eclipsed his rookie average. He also posted per-game averages of 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.3 blocks. The 6-foot-9 forward shot 36.2 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free-throw line. He was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star Break for the second straight season, tallying seven points and two assists for Team World. On Nov. 19, Lyles scored a season-high 21 points while grabbing five rebounds against Houston. He notched his only double-double of the campaign six days later, scoring 13 points and collecting 10 boards in a win over Atlanta. Lyles got into the first two postseason games of his career in Utah's first-round playoff series against Golden State. In the two contests, he totaled seven points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.

2015

Lyles was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He played in 80 games during his rookie campaign, making 33 starts and averaging 17.3 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-9 forward played limited minutes at the start of the season. However, his playing time jumped when he took on a temporary starting role in early December. Overall, Lyles posted per-game averages of 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. He shot 43.8 percent from the field and 69.5 percent from the charity stripe. Lyles scored a season-high 22 points and knocked down a season-high four three-pointers in a win over Denver on April 10. He registered two double-doubles during the campaign, including an 18-point, 11-rebound effort against the Lakers on April 13 during which he collected a season-high five steals. Lyles was also selected to play for Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He tallied two points, two rebounds and one assist in the contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2015
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Utah Jazz.
  • June 22, 2017
    Traded by the Utah Jazz with Tyler Lydon to the Denver Nuggets for Donovan Mitchell.
  • July 12, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Should benefit with Aldridge out
FSan Antonio Spurs
June 10, 2020
Lyles stands to benefit from LaMarcus Aldridge undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.
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Registers double-double
FSan Antonio Spurs
March 11, 2020
Lyles went for 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt), 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Mavericks.
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Season-high five threes in loss
FSan Antonio Spurs
March 7, 2020
Lyles posted 19 points (6-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one block across 23 minutes during Friday's 139-120 loss to the Nets.
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Goes for 20 points once again
FSan Antonio Spurs
March 3, 2020
Lyles scored 20 points (8-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt) and added six rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 116-111 loss to the Pacers.
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Scores team-high 20 points
FSan Antonio Spurs
March 1, 2020
Lyles finished with 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and one block in 40 minutes during Saturday's 114-113 victory over the Magic.
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