Coach Mike Malone indicated at Monday's media day that Lyles could see time at both forward spots this season, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Lyles spent the bulk of his time at power forward last season, and he dabbled as a small-ball center in certain, specialized lineups, but Malone apparently sees him as an option to replace some of Wilson Chandler's minutes at small forward. At 6-10, Lyles would offer elite size for the position, but he'd likely struggle on the defensive end, so if he does see time at the three, it likely wouldn't be for extended stretches. The fourth-year player appeared in 73 games for Denver last season, averaging 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 made threes in 19.1 minutes per game.
Lyles mustered 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 73 games played with Denver during the 2017-18 season.
Lyles improved in just about every category during his third NBA season as he averaged career bests in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage. The former Kentucky Wildcat is signed with the Nuggets next year and will make about $3.4 million.
Lyles scored 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt) to go along with five rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 14 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 114-110 loss to the Raptors.
Lyles did't even play a third of the game, but he was locked in as a shooter and rebounded well while contributing a respectable line. The third-year forward has played quite well on a per-minute basis this season, but his role is still limited by the plethora of veteran frontcourt options on the roster. He should continue to deliver spotty production as long as this pattern continues.
Lyles scored 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3PT) to go with four rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes during Saturday's 101-94 loss to Memphis.
While playing 20 minutes or less in his last seven games, Lyles has averaged 8.0 points on 6.8 shots per game. On Saturday, the forward kicked it up a notch with his bench leading 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Playing as mostly a bench player this season, Lyles has thrived in his first season in Denver. Reaching career-highs in points (10.5), rebounds (4.9) and assists (1.3), he has proved to be a valuable option as Denver's leading bench scorer this season.
Lyles had 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt), two blocks and one steal in 17 minutes during Thursday's 134-123 victory over Milwaukee.
Lyles has been trending down over the past couple of weeks and has seen his minutes dip of late. Paul Millsap (wrist) is due back in about two weeks which will also impact on Lyles' ability to produce. He is still an ok hold but his value is likely going to expire in the coming weeks.
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