3. Tre Jones Becomes a League Average 3pt Shooter
This prediction, although possibly the most impactful for the Spurs' chances this season were it to come true, is the most unlikely of the five to happen. Tre Jones just hasn’t shown the tools necessary to become a consistent scorer from deep. To top that off, the Spurs lost arguably the best shooting coach in the league, Chip Engelland, to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.
Now that Chip is gone, Tre won’t be able to work on his form and mechanics (as well as everything else that goes into improving his shot) with a proven coach. Here’s the deal though. I have a feeling Coach Gregg Popovich wouldn’t let Chip walk without some sort of succession plan in place, and the Spurs deserve credit for their track record in hiring assistants.
Also, in Memphis Grizzlies’ guard—and Tre’s older brother—Tyus Jones, we see a player to base our expectations for Tre on. The Jones brothers are both small guards who play their butts off on defense and post wicked assist-to-turnover numbers. The only difference between the two is that Tyus shoots league-average from deep (35% in his career).
The younger Jones will never be a high attempt guy, and he won’t need to. Likely stepping in as the Spurs' starting point guard this season, Tre will hopefully be afforded the chance to get more comfortable behind the arc, attempting two or three shots per game from three-point land.