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Trey Lyles (PF/C, SA): Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In 14+ Team Leagues

OWNED IN: 15% of leagues

ANALYSIS: There is a chance you haven't heard about Trey Lyles this season. I wouldn't blame you, but I would also tell you that Lyles has started four out each five Spurs games so far this season. That's correct. He has played 61 in total and started 51 of them only coming off the bench 10 times in a row back from mid-November to mid-December. He was put back on the starting lineup on Dec. 14 and he's never looked back, averaging 21.5 mpg since then.

The minutes on the season are kinda low, that's for sure, but during the past month-and-change Lyles has averaged a much more palatable 26.5 minutes per game while raising his usage rate a bit (from 13% to around 16% since the AS break). Going back to the start of February, Lyles has logged more than 23 minutes of playing time in 11 games and he's averaged a good 13-6-1 line to go with a steal and a block per. It's not crazy to think Lyles will keep his role under lock from this point to the end of the season, and it is also probable that his minutes either stay the same or ramp up--he's logged 40, 37, and 33 in three of his last four matches.

One of the most appealing traits of Lyles' game is his shooting prowess. He's currently holding 44/39/72 shooting splits on the season while attempting 2.6 triples per game. He's one of only 44 players doing so but he's averaging the sixth-fewest minutes among them all. More encouraging is the fact that since the All-Star break he's hit at least a triple in every game he's played (seven at the time of this writing) while averaging 2.3 3pm a night and getting a season-best five treys the other day against Brooklyn in just 23 minutes of playing time. I wouldn't consider him a 12-team-league player yet, but if he becomes a 30-minute averager then his numbers should put him at that level. A no-brainer to add in deeper leagues, though.


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