Lyles scored 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), and recorded nine rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 28 minutes Wednesday against the Grizzlies.
Lyles nearly double-doubled, having one of his best games of the season against a stout defense. The fourth-year big is playing a healthy rotational role that has seen him average 21 minutes per game on the season. With those minutes, Lyles is contributing a career-best 10.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.8 steals per game and could be worth a look in deeper formats going forward.
Lyles tallied 12 points (5-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during Thursday's 110-91 victory over Cleveland.
Lyles was in double-figures again Thursday, helping the Nuggets to a blow-out victory. The nature of the scoreline meant that the allocation of playing time was all over the place and reading into it too much could prove detrimental. Lyles has the ability to score the ball when he is on the floor but his lack of defense means his playing time can be limited depending on the state of the game.
Lyles continues to serve as a steady source of offense off the bench, as he's now posted three straight double-digit scoring efforts and four overall during the first six games of the new season. His scoring total was also a season high, and the 22-year-old has also typically been a steady contributor of rebounds despite his downturn in that category Monday. Lyles is now averaging a career-best 9.3 shot attempts, a level of usage that should continue leading to solid per-minute production if it persists.
Lyles posted his second straight productive effort off the bench, pacing the second unit in shot attempts in the process. The floor-spacing big man tends to be aggressive on offense when he's out there, and for the last pair of contests, his production has either been comparable or exceeded that of starting power forward Paul Millsap. While a flip-flop of spots on the depth chart remains highly unlikely at present, coach Michael Malone has an enviable situation on his hands with two starting-quality options at the four. Even in his current bench role, Lyles projects to continue logging over 20 minutes on most nights, giving him ample opportunity to produce solid lines the caliber of those he's managed in the last two games.
Lyles finished with 10 points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), and seven rebounds in 23 minutes during Friday's 98-93 preseason victory over Chicago.
Lyles played 23 minutes off the bench Friday in what appeared to be somewhat of a regular season dress rehearsal. His is going to be a crucial part of the rotation on a nightly basis and should be able to lead the second unit in scoring with regularity. While his ceiling is capped, he is worth a look in the final rounds of standard leagues depending on who else is available.
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