DENVER — The Denver Nuggets drafted then traded Donovan Mitchell, a guard from the University of Louisville, with the 13th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
The Nuggets sent him to the Utah Jazz in exchange for forward Trey Lyles and the 24th pick. With that pick, the Nuggets selected Tyler Lydon, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Syracuse University.
Lydon, 21, is noted as a big man with touch. Last season, he averaged 13.1 points per game for the Orange and shot nearly 40 percent on three-pointers.
Lyles, a 6-foot-10, 234-pound big man out of Kentucky, has averaged 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds, and has shot 40 percent over two seasons with the Jazz.
Lyles was the No. 12 pick in the 2015 draft. He has averaged 16.8 minutes over 151 games.
A record seven freshmen were drafted with the first seven selections Thursday night. Sixteen freshman were selected in the first round, a record.AlertMe