Denver Nuggets welcome Lyles, Lydon and Morris

During the highly anticipated 2017 NBA Draft, which took place last Thursday night, the Denver Nuggets took a unique approach. They drafted three players – Tyler Lydon out of Syracuse, Monte Morris of Iowa State and Slovenian player Vlatko Cancar from Mega Leks – and traded to get another, Trey Lyles from the Utah Jazz.

Denver made things official Tuesday afternoon with the introduction of Lyles, Lydon and Morris. (Cancar will not be coming to the United States for this upcoming season.)

For Lyles, it’s all about new beginnings. Lyles, 6-foot-10, 234, has played two seasons for the Utah Jazz, averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 151 games (37 starts). He feels as if its a new start for him.

Morris, 6-foot-3, 175, played four seasons at Iowa State University. While there he averaged 12.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists. His assist-to-turnover ratio was one of the best in NCAA history. Tuesday afternoon was a big day for Morris. Not only was he being introduced to his new team, it was also his birthday.

Lydon, 6-foot-10, 215 pounds, spent two seasons at Syracuse University where he averaged 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. One of the digs on Syracuse players is how their defense translates to the NBA since they’re notorious for the zone scheme. Lydon said he didn’t expect to be selected by the Denver Nuggets, but he’s glad he was and believes he’s ready to defend at the next level.

“The moment I was selected was unbelievable” Lydon said. “I never thought I would be in this position to play for such a great organization.”