Gregg Popovich said nothing was set in stone when reporters asked who would line up at point guard this season at media day last week. However, Tre Jones made a compelling case to hold onto his spot in the starting rotation during his preseason debut, recording 12 points, four boards, six assists, and a steal in 21 minutes. While he was far from a game-breaker, the 23-year-old floor general orchestrated a potent offense that torched Oklahoma City for a whopping 81 points in the first half.
The former second-rounder pushed the pace whenever the ball was in his hands, turning rebounds and made baskets into transition opportunities in the blink of an eye. He ignited fastbreaks with hit-ahead deliveries, found corner shooters with skip passes, and collapsed the defense with his quick first step. Jones demonstrated a newfound willingness to fire away from beyond the arc, embraced contact to get to the charity stripe, and left his man in the dust with several timely backdoor cuts.