Lyles finished with 25 points 9-15 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes during Sunday's 126-116 loss to Indiana.
Lyles turned in a gem Sunday, scoring a career-high 25 points in the process. He most certainly flashed his upside, as he saw additional run due to the lingering injury to Nikola Jokic. He has had some nice games since Jokic went down but has also added some duds. He is worth a look if you are after some short-term value, but will likely regress upon Jokic's return.
Lyles offered 10 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), eight rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes in Sunday's 127-109 loss to the Lakers.
The 22-year-old has found playing time hard to come by in his first Nuggets season, but he saw a nice bump in opportunity Sunday with Paul Millsap exiting early with a wrist injury. Lyles parlayed the extra minutes into his second double-digit scoring effort of the campaign, along with a season-high rebound tally. Despite the encouraging performance, Lyles' typically minuscule role keeps his fantasy value depressed, although he could certainly see a boost in playing time if Millsap's injury lingers.
Lyles posted 12 points (4-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, an assist and four steals across 24 minutes in Wednesday's 122-104 preseason win over the Lakers.
Lyles drew the start at the four in place of the resting Paul Millsap and provided a sampling of the many components of his diverse game. The third-year big man showed off his floor-spacing ability with a trio of treys while also flashing his rebounding chops and playing opportunistic defense. Lyles enjoyed long stretches of starting opportunities over his first two seasons in place of the injury-prone Derrick Favors in Utah, but he projects to be locked in an intense competition with Kenneth Faried for the primary backup job to Paul Millsap during the duration of preseason.
Lyles will start at power forward for Wednesday's preseason contest against the Lakers, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
The Nuggets are set to be without a slew of players Wednesday, which includes frontcourt players such as Paul Millsap (rest), Nikola Jokic (elbow) and Darrell Arthur (knee). That allows Lyles to pick up the start, which is somewhat notable considering he's getting the start over Kenneth Faried, who he's currently battling with for the backup power forward job. Look for Lyles to see an uptick in minutes Wednesday, though Millsap's eventual return will mean a significant blow to his value.
Lyles posted six points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds and three assists across 22 minutes in Saturday's preseason game against the Warriors.
Lyles is currently in an open competition to be the Nuggets' backup power forward primarily with the likes of Kenneth Faried and Juan Hernangomez, and he played four more minutes than Hernangomez off the bench Saturday while Faried was held out of the contest. Both Lyles and Hernangomez, however, are likely seen as better fits off the bench as stretch-fours in the Nuggets' offensive game plan and could end up splitting minutes to start the regular season as a result.
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