I’ve got to admit that I’m proud of Trey Lyles, at least if his attitude in his end of season interview is accurate to how he really feels. If anyone had a reason to sulk this season, it was Lyles, as he had a promising rookie campaign and an incredible Summer League, but went on to hardly even find himself on the floor this year.
He most definitely has a lot to work on, as he himself alluded to, but I admire him for admitting that the year was challenging, but that playing under the veterans helped him learn a lot and allowed him to be patient through it all. Lyles still has plenty of upside and even though this year was a bit of a loss for him, he’s very young and with a solid summer of work could still prove himself next season.
Utah certainly could have used a boost at the power forward position this year, but unfortunately Lyles’ inconsistency made it so that he wasn’t the answer. Hopefully he’s able to turn that around, as depending on what happens this offsesason, he may become all the more necessary in that capacity.