San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospect: Tyus Jones

By George Middleton

Tyus Jones: 19-years old, Duke, Point Guard

Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″2, 185-pounds, 6″5 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.5 steals, 42% field goals, 89% free-throws, 38% threes, 33.9 minutes

Quick Season Review: The Duke Blue Devils won the national championship this year and freshman Tyus Jones was a big factor. The Blue Devils started two magnificent freshman alongside Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow. After an inconsistent start, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player picked things up just before the midseason point and played terrifically the rest of the year. His best stretch was when he averaged 16.1 points and 6 assists in nine games between January 19 and February 18. In the NCAA tourney, Jones averaged 13 points and 4.5 assists. Jones strongest game of the season came in their overtime win against North Carolina. He finished with 22 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.

Strengths: Excellent floor general that doesn’t make many mistakes (1.9 turnovers). Great free-throw shooter and solid three-point shooter. Looks to make plays for others before himself like a true lead guard and is always in control. Great maturity despite being a freshman. Plays well when the game is on the line.

Weaknesses: Average size and not a great athlete (32.5-inch vertical). Can improve as a scorer despite being efficient in shooting. Defense is solid, but he can improve in areas, particularly against fast guards. Can improve shooting range. Doesn’t beat opponents off the dribble like most point guard prospects.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

Tyus Jones has the poise and maturity to be able to play in a system like San Antonio. He fits the “Spurs” past picks, as he is coachable, a good leader, and plays within a team system. With Tony Parker out of his prime, it’s only a matter of time before the Spurs need a new floor general, Jones can be that guy.

NBA Comparison: Tyler Ennis/Mike Conley

If all goes well Jones can be a Mike Conley type player, where he is the lead guard for a successful team and a border-line star. A more reasonable comparison is Tyler Ennis, who was a rookie last season, as they played with similar poise and maturity as freshman in college. I believe Jones will fall in between both players in terms of success, definitely productive for a non-lottery selection.

Below is a Tyus Jones highlight video uploaded by wallyworld productions.

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