Bill Simmons’ new website, The Ringer, has a great profile on Trey Lyles and how Lyles is the “secret weapon” for Utah’s success in the NBA.
The author, Jonathan Tjarks, opens the piece by saying Lyles should be a household name, but fell victim to the Eric Bledsoe Predicament of playing next to a superstar (John Wall/Karl-Anthony Towns) at Kentucky, then playing a small role as a backup early on in the league.
Here’s an excerpt on Lyles’ potential:
He hasn’t had the chance to put up big stats yet, but the skills are there. The NBA is all about creating mismatches, and with his unique build and inside-out ability, Lyles can score over the top of smaller defenders and get around bigger ones. In the rare opportunities he got to play big minutes as a rookie, he looked like a player who could help the Jazz figure out who they are as a playoff team.
Tjarks then gets deep with an examination of three games in which Lyles played at least 33 minutes, and analyzed each one. It just so happens he was matched up against a fellow former Wildcat in all three of those contests — Towns, Terrence Jones and Julius Randle.
If you don’t have anything better to do right now, take a moment or two to read about the Wildcat who went under-appreciated in Lexington but has a bright future in the league.
He’ll be a household name soon enough.