Compiled by Leif Thulin

TREY LYLES, Kentucky


Age: 19

Height w/ shoes:  6’10.25

Weight:  241

Wingspan:  7’1.5

Standing Reach:  9’

No Step Vert:  NA

Max Vert:  NA

Measurable Comps:  Josh McRoberts (via draft express)



Power forward who makes plays.  Won’t wow you with his athleticism, but he is consistently making plays.  Had to play much of the season at Kentucky out of position as a small forward.  Will be a 4 in the NBA.   Good passer, with a solid handle.  Strong post moves that can beat someone on a switch.   Has not shown the ability to shoot the 3 but was solid in mid range shooter.   Has a decent off the bounce game.  Defensively is very solid but isn’t a high flyer.  Very similar to Patrick Patterson when he came out of Kentucky.  Brandon Bass is another solid comparison





Trey Lyles played for the 38-1 Kentucky Wildcats, starting every game once Alex Poythress tore his ACL. Lyles came into Kentucky as the sixth ranked recruit in the nation, playing alongside 9 All Americans everyday. Trey Lyles projects as a late lottery to mid 1st round pick. He was a strong defender in college, both at the three and the four. Weighing in at 6’10” and 241 lbs, Lyles should be able to play the four in the NBA, and maybe even the three if he can improve upon his three point shooting and speed.


McDonalds All-American

Indianapolis Player of the year

Born in Saskatoon, Canada

Originally committed to Indiana and then decommitted and went to Kentucky

Played for Canada at U19



Chad Ford:  11th

Jeff Goodman:   15th

Draft Express:   15th

NBA.com:   NA

Sports Illustrated:   14th

NBA Draft Net:  8th

CBS Sports:  15th

SB Nation:  NA



Minutes: 23.0

Points per game: 8.7

Rebounds per game: 5.2

Assists per game: 1.1

Steals per game: 0.5

Blocks per game 0.5

Field Goal Percentage: 48.8%

Three Point Percentage:  13.8%

Free Throw Percentage: 73.5%



Spot Up Shooting:  36.4 EFG%  (26-77)

Post Ups:    50%  (12-24)

Isolations:  1 for 9

P&R Man:  only 9 possessions

P&R Handler:  only 3 possessions

Jump Shots:  39.1% EFG

Around the Rim:   67% – very high number

Catch and Shoot:   33.7 EFG%

Catch and Shoot Open:   45.2 EFG %  (13-31 overall) (3 of 21 guarded)

Jump Shot off the bounce:  47% EFG (45.5% overall)

17 feet to 3 point line:   40% (16 of 40)




DRAFT EXPRESS (April 22nd 2015)

Lyles has excellent size and length for a power forward, measuring 6-10 in shoes, with a strong 235 pound frame, and a huge 7-3 ½ wingspan. He is a fluid and mobile big man, but not overly quick or explosive, lacking a degree of athleticism that may limit his long-term upside to a certain extent. He’s done a good job of working on his body over the past 18 months, as he has struggled in the past with his conditioning level, but has worked hard to maximize his physical tools after looking somewhat out of shape in the past.


Lyles has a very nice skill-level for a player his size. Showing advanced footwork and very soft touch, he’s strong enough to make some plays with his back to the basket, something that wasn’t a featured part of his game at Kentucky, but he’s nevertheless capable of. He finished 50% of his field goal attempts in the post according to Synergy Sports Technology, and drew a free throw on 25% of his possessions on top of that.


He also shows nice potential as a ball-handler on the perimeter, being capable of attacking his man off the dribble smoothly driving in either direction, mixing in crafty spin-moves with strong body control and choppy footwork, and often finishing with a floater or using the glass with his soft touch. While he’s not overly quick, his strong frame and solid timing and patience helps, and as he goes back to playing at the 4/5 spots like he did earlier in his career, he’ll have even more of an advantage taking opposing players out on the perimeter.

Another area NBA teams will likely try to learn more about is Lyles’ potential as an outside shooter. He was somewhat of a mixed bag at Kentucky in this area, only converting 4 of his 29 3-point attempts (14%) on the season, and 32/87 jumpers (37%) overall according to Synergy


Lyles has a good feel for the game and is a solid passer, not turning the ball over very frequently as well. His basketball IQ shows up with his ability to crash the glass, where he posted 3.2 offensive rebounds per-40, despite seeing heavy minutes on the perimeter. He’s been a solid rebounder throughout his career—aided by his huge wingspan, as well as good timing and soft hands—and should continue to hold his own here in the NBA despite his average athleticism and the fact that he’s not overly physical.


Lyles is somewhat of a divisive prospect among NBA scouts. He has some very obvious tools, with his size, length, high skill-level and strong feel for the game, but wasn’t overly productive (15.5 points, 9.3 rebounds per-40) or efficient (55% TS%) in college, which is easy to understand due to the circumstances. Power forwards who aren’t great perimeter shooters, athletes or shot-blockers are not the most en vogue players in today’s NBA, so he’ll have to be drafted into the right situation with the understanding of what his strengths and weaknesses are to reach his full potential. Nevertheless, only being 19 years old, time is clearly on Lyles’ side.


From DraftExpress.comhttp://www.draftexpress.com/#ixzz3cDYk89H7




I have seen Lyles at his best around the basket. Ultimately, his skills will fit better in the NBA as a face-up power forward with the skill to hit midrange jumpers and, ultimately, the ability to score around the basket in the NBA. His size, athleticism and game remind me of David West at Xavier, although West played all four seasons there before heading to the league.

Lyles has the size and body frame to score around the basket, although he is not an explosive athlete. In fact, while he made 74 percent of his shots around the basket this season, his game is often based on guile and intelligence. He is an up-and-under guy who will not be able to score over length early in his career. Watch how many times he double-pumps while in the air around the basket.



I’m a big Lyles guy,” one scout said. “Watched him a bunch in high school. The Kentucky thing is helping a lot of these guys, but we’d be talking about him higher if he was on a team that really ran things through him. He’s not a crazy athlete or anything, but he’s bigger than you think and just knows how to play. He’s a power forward in the NBA and once he’s in that position, everyone’s going to like him. If you get him in the middle of the draft? You got a steal.”



(Draft Express)
Height: 6’11.5”
Weight: 239 lbs
Wingspan: 7’4”
Standing Reach: 9’4”
No Step Vert: NA
Max Vert: Na
Measurable Comps: Chris Kaman (NBA Draft.Net)

Incredible body for a 19 year old. Does not move naturally. Has been working on his running all off-season. Has an amazingly soft touch on his shot for a man this big, but shooting numbers are not great. With 9’4 reach gets to balls that others can’t impact. Slow laterally going to have a hard time covering pick and roll and getting back to man and on switches until his footwork improves. Drafting the body and the touch.

Myles Turner is a big man, able to play either the four or five, capable of stretching the floor and hitting shots from three. Myles was the last major recruit of the class of 2014 to decide where to play their college ball. Turner decided to stay at home and play for the Texas Longhorns. The longhorns had the advantage of big man depth, causing the disadvantage for Myles’ growth as a player in terms of minutes played, coming off the bench, playing behind, Cameron Ridley and Connor Lammert. As a player, Myles Turner has all the potential in the world, relying on his sweet stroke, shooting an astounding 83.9% from the free throw line.

Chad Ford: 9th on bigboard
Draft Express: 13th
NBA.com: 13th
Sports Illustrated: 13th
NBA Draft Net: 13th

Minutes: 22.2
Points per game: 10.1
Rebounds per game: 6.5
Assists per game: 0.6
Steals per game: 0.3
Blocks per game 2.6
Field Goal Percentage: 45.5%
Three Point Percentage: 27.4%
Free Throw Percentage: 83.9%

ADVANCED NUMBERS (I will take care of these)
Spot Up Shooting: 12 of 47 (efg 36%)
Post Ups: 45 of 95 (47%)
Isolations: 5 for 13 (39%)
P&R Man: 7 for 18 (efg% 47)
P&R Handler: NA
Jump Shots: 24 of 78 (41% efg)
Around the Rim: 40 of 64 (63%)
Catch and Shoot: 18 of 63 (39.7% efg)
Catch and Shoot Open: 14 of 39 (51% efg)
Jump Shot off the bounce: 2 for 7
17 feet to 3 point line: 5 for 16

2015 NBA Draft BREAKDOWN – Devin Booker

Games Watched: Kentucky v. Louisville, Kentucky v. Notre Dame, Kentucky v. Arkansas and Kentucky v. Wisconsin

OVERALL: 18 year old son of former NBA player Melvin Booker. Known primarily for his shooting. Great stroke both off the bounce and catch and shoot. Has athletic ability but not overwhelming. Smart play who does little things that shows his understanding of the game. Coach Calapari showed great confidence in him early in the season in big moments giving him minutes. Terrific ball mover and passer. Sees plays before they happen.

Will Be Solid Pro If ….. Makes shots. Thought of as best shooter in the draft. Scored on 1.17 pts per possession on spot ups. One of the best in the college game. EFG% was 57.8%. On unguarded shots he was deadly at 68.6 efg%.

Will Struggle as Pro if … all he does is make spot up shots. Teams went at him on the defensive end and he had a hard time handling it. May not be athletic enough to handle the defensive responsibility in the NBA. In addition, had a hard time getting free off picks to get his looks at times on the college level. Speed of NBA game could reduce his ability to be a shot maker. Off screens he didn’t shoot well on the college level his EFG% was 43.2%. Off the bounce he shot just 37.3% and 38.2 efg%.

2015 NBA DRAFT BREAKDOWN – Kelly Oubre Jr.

Games Watched: v. Kentucky, v. Baylor at Big 12 Championship and v. Wichita State in NCAA Tournament

Age: 19 years old won’t turn 20 till December of rookie year

Measurable: 6’7 203 pounds. 7’2.25” wingspan and 8’6.5” standing reach. No Step Vert 34.5 and Max Vert 37.

Numbers: 21 minutes a game at Kansas. Averaged 9 pts on 7 shots a game. Shot 44% and 36% from three. Grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 1 assist a game. Also had 1 steal a game.

Locke Take: Young long left handed wing player. Plays a smooth game. Has a solid handle and shoots the three comfortably. Doesn’t make a large impact on the game. Large part of this, is how Bill Self uses his wings. Remember how little Andrew Wiggins did last year. However, in the three games I watched I never saw a special athletic play. He never made a play where he was superior talent wise. Nice player with an array of talents. Good show and go game off the three point line and was under control making the next decision. Used mostly as catch and shoot player and hit on an efg of 54% of catch and shoot. Shot just 33% off the bounce. No NBA talent jumped out. Length is his best attribute. Has a nice feel for the game defensively. He shades correctly and understands defensive aspects of the game. Does a good job on the pick and roll guarding the ball handler. Plays too much of the game passively. Never saw him assert himself on a game or a play. Playing hard is a skill he will need to attain. So young needs to and will be much stronger.

College Game Impact: Very rarely played in any space. Had a few chances to handle in the pick and roll. Only ran 42 pick and rolls as the ball handler all season. Anytime he went to the basket it was crowded. Perry Ellis was focus of offense down low and Mason dominated ball on the top.

Will be good pro if .. if his shot can be consistent has nice length to be able to get it off. If he spaces the floor well he will be able to play off the bounce and make plays in the lane with the shot or the dribble. Length will give him chance to be good defensive player and he understands the game and where he is supposed to be on the floor.

Will not have a good career if …. He doesn’t play harder. Was a passive player at Kansas. Needs to get stronger to be able to play with contact and make plays on 50-50 balls. Might not be a good enough athlete. Might not be that good a shooter. On spot up chances in college he hit on just 29 of 81 for (36%). Most of those were threes.

INSIDER – Jazz bigs and how they have played together

Quin Snyder has had the difficult task of dividing 96 minutes a night between 4 good big man, Derrick Favors, Enes Katner, Rudy Gobert and Trevor Booker.   Each player has there strengths and weaknesses and in turn compliment each other differently.

What is striking is how this has changed through the season as the defensive system has evolved for the Utah Jazz.

The following chart is the Jazz big man pair for the first half of the season

playing pair bigs 1st half


The much talked about Gorbert and Favors combo was rarely used in the first half of the season.   In the first half of the season each line-up with Enes Kanter was a disaster.

Since Dec 19th the halfway point of the 52 games so  far things have been very different

jazz 2nd half bigs


The Favors/Gobert combo has become a much more prominent line-up.  Most interestingly the Kanter and Favors line-up has gone from -5.2 per 100 possessions to a -.3 over 100 possessions.  A great improvement.    In addition, the Favors/Booker that was prominent in the first half of the season and unsuccessful has been reduced to particular circumstances and been much more successful .

All three line-ups with Enes Kanter on the floor area above better than league average defensively.  League average is 103.7 and Kanter/Favors is 101.7 since Dec 18th.  101.7 would rank 11th in NBA for a team.   Kanter/Gobert is 100.4 would rank 9th.

What is most exciting about the above graph is that over the last half of the season every Jazz big man pair, other than Booker and Gobert, is a really strong defensive unit.   They have not figured out how to score yet, but they are all defending very well.