10. Trey Lyles
Very few players were better served by a change of scenery last season than Denver’s Trey Lyles. The Nuggets acquired Lyles on draft night in a trade that sent the No. 13 pick (Donovan Mitchell) to Utah.
Last season saw improvements in almost every statistical area. His defensive rebounding percentage improved from 18 percent to 23.5 percent his effective field goal percentage shot up to 57 from 44, his assist percentage increased and his turnover percentage decreased. He improved his PER from 9.9 to 17.9 and his per-possession statistics have shown strong improvement in spot up shooting, post play, and pick and roll scenarios.
Denver got rid of Darrell Arthur, Wilson Chandler, and Kenneth Faried, all of which should clear up their forward rotation to make room for Lyles and Michael Porter Jr. Porter Jr. should fit nicely as a dynamic 3-and-D small forward alongside Lyles and Jokic, provided he’s healthy enough to play.
Paul Millsap missed more than half of last season with a wrist injury, and his production took a sharp decline upon his arrival in Denver. If he continues to struggle, look for the Nuggets to turn to Lyles as a starting power forward and for Lyles to make an immediate impact.