Lyons, who joined the Spurs D-League affiliate in January, averaged 14.9 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes per game last season. The second half of the D-League season proved to be Lyons’ best, as he regularly finished in double figures regardless of the constant Toros roster changes.
It didn’t take long for Lyons work to get noticed, as he was named the D-League Performer of the Week in February, averaging 31.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and two assists in a three-game stretch.
In the final game of the Toros season against the Texas Legends, the 6-9 forward finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.
After covering the Toros all season, it’s easy to see that Lyons is destined for the NBA and he has the character that would make him a perfect fit for the Spurs.
Lyons can play both forward positions and is a versatile offensive player, with the ability to shoot outside or drive inside. He certainly isn’t your prototypical 6-9 power forward. He is quick enough on his feet to defend on the perimeter and will not back down in the post. He also has the handles of a point guard and can break down his defender for a mid-range jumper or drive and finish or get fouled.
We’ll be talking to Lyons after his workout tomorrow, so be sure to look for his interview tomorrow. For more information on Lyons, you can read a one-on-one interview Jeff Garcia did for our affiliate site, Toros Nation, with Lyons earlier in the D-League season.