Two days after signing his contract, Trey Lyles showed why Jazz fans were excited for him to fall to them at No. 12 in the NBA Draft. In the Utah Summer League, Lyles helped the Jazz move to 3-0 with an 84-78 overtime win against the 76ers.
Lyles came off the bench to play over 20 minutes putting up 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. He impressed a couple Utah beat writers immediately though, with Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey saying “the eye test looks like Lyles is the best player on the court.” Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune tweeted “Trey Lyles is wreaking havoc on the Philly bigs with his versatility.”
Lyles jumper was off to start the game, but was missing long, which is a good sign for a shooter. As we saw last season he is a versatile power forward, who can easily shoot the three and beat a slower defender off the dribble. He should be a steal for the Jazz at the No. 12 pick, when he was likely a preseason top-5 pick if he returned for his sophomore season.
Best of luck to Trey during the rest of summer league, as this is a great showing for his first game.