San Antonio Spurs Draft: Tre Jones can be the next great bench leader

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Feb 22, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard and San Antonio Spurs draft prospect, Tre Jones (3) reacts after hitting a three point basket against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The former Duke Blue Devil is ready to lead the San Antonio Spurs bench unit

It’s hard to overstate the impact that Patty Mills has had on the San Antonio Spurs over the past nine years. He’s grown from the loveable, towel-waving young guy into essentially the heart and soul of the team. At this point, it’s hard to picture the Spurs without Patty leading the second unit.

He’s never been the Spurs best player, he’s rarely averaged double-digit points and hardly ever starts, but without him, the Spurs would be lost. Year after year he’s provided leadership and a steady shooting presence off the bench. He can lead the bench unit or play off the starters, he’s capable of bringing the team back into a game or holding onto a lead while the starters get a breather, he’s the perfect glue guy.

But Patty’s time in San Antonio could be coming to an end in the next few years. He’s 31 years old and approaching the last year of his current deal. He’s the type of player that San Antonio will likely keep around until he retires but his on-court production could drop off soon. It’s time for the Spurs to start thinking about his replacement.

Tre Jones isn’t a point guard that gets talked about too much in this draft class. He doesn’t have the star appeal of Killian Hayes and doesn’t have the star appeal of LaMelo Ball, but Jones is ready to lead an NBA lineup and could be the perfect second-round pick for the San Antonio Spurs.

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