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San Antonio Spurs: Examining options at backup point guard

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May 16, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tre Jones (33) drives to the basket / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Option 2: Tre Jones

Tre Jones is coming off an impressive Summer League in which he averaged 22.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. This followed a rookie season where he played well in limited NBA minutes and the G-League bubble, where he averaged 18.1 points, 9.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. That said, while his stats are encouraging, they didn't come at the NBA level, where Tre has little experience compared to Forbes.

Jones is certainly a better playmaker and is also more effective attacking the basket, although Forbes ranks as one of the league's most accurate high-volume 3-point shooters. That contrast in playing styles could help Jones, in theory. With DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, and Mills all gone, San Antonio will need more ball-handling and playmaking: two skills that Jones can provide. Still, though, Jones will need to drastically improve as a 3-point shooter to earn minutes. Otherwise, it could drastically limit his role even beyond next season.

Were Jones' shooting to improve, however, he could become an effective and well-rounded offensive player. Factor in his defensive ability, and he may emerge as a solid two-way player and a part of the rotation next season. However, it would require him to improve as a shooter, something easier said than done.

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