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Roster Review | Tyus Jones
PG | 6’2, 195 lbs
2016-17 season: 60 games, 12.9 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 RPG, 0.8 SPG, 41.4 FG%, 35.6 3P%, 76.7 FT%
After his second season in the league, Minnesota native Tyus Jones made great strides.
He appeared in 23 more games than his rookie season and per 36 minutes, he averaged 9.7 points, 7.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals. All respectable numbers.
His field-goal percentage jumped from 35.9 percent to 41.4. His 3-point percentage jumped from 30.2 percent to 35.6. And his free-throw percentage jumped from 71.8 percent to 76.7.
Jones plays well when called upon and has made winning plays since his days at Apple Valley. He’s a gym rat and the former Duke star should continue to develop into a solid rotational player. With Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn on the squad, it’s not the easiest to always find playing time for Jones, but he stayed ready and performed well when called upon in 2016-17.
Top Three Games Of The Season
3.) Nov. 9 at Orlando Magic
In this 123-107 road win over the Magic, Jones finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes off the bench. He shot 2-for-4 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He was a +19.
2.) Nov. 8 at Brooklyn Nets
In 32 minutes off the bench, Jones finished with 12 points, seven assists and five steals. He shot an efficient 4-for-7 from the field and 2-for-4 from the 3-point line.
1.) April 12 at Houston Rockets
Jones finished with a season-high 17 points in 28 minutes off the bench. He shot 6-for-9 from the field, 3-for-4 from the 3-point line and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. He also added seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Top Offseason Objectives
Jones, just 21, will continue to develop his all-around game. As we’ve already discussed, he’s already done a nice job of developing his game. Expect that to continue in 2017.
He has also done some great work in the community, which isn’t anything new for Jones. He recently helped donate a learning lab to Excell Academy in Brooklyn Park.
Role for 2017-18?
Jones showed the ability to play both point and shooting guard in 2016-17. With he and Dunn off the bench, it gives the Wolves flexibility considering Dunn can defend both guard positions. This is a similar look that we saw in Summer League. For Jones, his playing time has been sporadic, but he’s always been ready and performs well when called upon. Whatever his role is next season, Jones has proven that he’ll be prepared.
They Said It…
“You always want to make the most of any opportunity you get in life and for myself just trying to help contribute to this team as much as possible. (I) just want to see us win,” Tyus Jones.