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Lyles could be a first-round steal

To help readers get to know top NBA draft prospects, Insider offers a 360-degree look at many of them in a concise and thorough scouting report featuring three expert perspectives: Kevin Pelton (analytics), Fran Fraschilla (scouting) and Chad Ford (NBA front offices). Here's a look at Trey Lyles.


WARP projection: 1.1 (40th among players in top 100)
Comparables: Spencer Hawes (95.3), Quincy Miller (94.3), Al-Farouq Aminu (94.2), Brandon Bass (93.5)
Strengths: None
Weaknesses: Usage, Rebound%, Block%


The analytics perspective

The statistics from Lyles' lone season at Kentucky are colored by the fact that he played out of position at small forward alongside monster defenders Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns. That Lyles was as effective as he was on the glass is a positive sign, and he particularly excelled on the offensive glass, where there are fewer diminishing returns to playing with great teammates.