Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones
22-Year-Old GuardG
Minnesota Timberwolves
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 1/24/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jones played in all 82 games last season, providing a nice defensive spark off the bench behind Jeff Teague. While he was a regular in the rotation, Jones' role remained fairly limited, and coach Tom Thibodeau even turned to struggling veteran Derrick Rose, at times, late in the season. Jones has demonstrated his ability to rack up steals when given any extended opportunity, averaging 2.3 and 2.2 steals, respectively, per 36 minutes across his last two seasons. Jones also raised his field-goal percentage from 41 percent in 2016-17 to almost 46 percent last season, albeit on relatively low volume. Despite his defensive upside and ability to facilitate, Jones will again be mired in a bench role so long as Teague is healthy. If he's able to turn in another productive campaign, even in limited action, Jones could set himself up for a larger opportunity down the road. Still just 22 years old, Jones has the potential to be a low-end starting point guard, whether that's in Minnesota or elsewhere. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.62 million contract with the Timberwolves in July of 2015. Timberwolves exercised $1.47 million team option for 2017-18 in October of 2016. Timberwolves exercised $2.44 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017.
Remains out Tuesday
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 21, 2019
Jones (ankle) will not play Tuesday against the Suns.
Jones will remain sidelined for a third straight game as he continues to nurse a left ankle injury. The point guard is apparently still wearing a walking boot, leaving him without a concrete return timetable. Jones' next chance to play will come Thursday against the Lakers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Jones fought hard for backup minutes last season with Kris Dunn behind starter Ricky Rubio. Over the 60 games he appeared in, Jones tallied 3.5 points, 2.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds across 12.9 minutes per game while shooting 41.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from deep. But, over the summer, Dunn was dealt to Chicago, now freeing up Jones to take over as the legitimate backup point guard behind newly acquired starter Jeff Teague. Assuming Teague sees around 30 minutes per night, Jones should find himself within the 15-20 minute range. While that’s not ideal for Fantasy value, it should at least provide him with enough workload to improve his game overall. That said, Jones can likely be avoided come draft night, but could make for a solid DFS play if Jeff Teague (who is generally healthy) is ever sidelined. Jones’ ability to pass and defend can bring value to the table in that context.
The 2015 NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Jones enters the NBA as the 24th overall draft pick and will compete with Andre Miller for the backup point guard position in Minnesota. In his only season at Duke, Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 1.2 three-pointers per game. Jones shot 42 percent from the floor, 89 percent from the free-throw line, and 38 percent from three-point-range. His role is yet to be determined, but he will likely be relegated to the bench as long as Ricky Rubio is healthy. If thrust into action, it will be hard to expect much from the 19-year-old point guard right away, but he could be an intriguing source of assists given the talent around him and his reputation as a playmaker. For the Timberwolves, Jones is more of a long-term play, so it's probable that he takes a backseat to the veterans in his first NBA season. Fantasy owners may want to take the same approach, as Jones' value is probably higher in dynasty leagues than re-draft formats at this time.
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Ruled out for Sunday's tilt
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 20, 2019
Jones (ankle) won't play in Sunday's game against the Suns, Alan Horton of the Timberwolves Radio Network reports.
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Avoids long-term injury
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 16, 2019
Jones will have his sprained left ankle encased in a walking boot for the next several days and will be considered day to day after the boot is removed, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Sprains ankle, X-rays negative
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 15, 2019
Jones suffered a high left ankle sprain Tuesday against the 76ers, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports. His X-rays returned negative.
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Suffers lower leg injury
GMinnesota Timberwolves
Lower Leg
January 15, 2019
Jones suffered an apparent lower leg injury Tuesday against the 76ers and went to the locker room while putting little weight on his left leg, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
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Posts 14 points, six dimes in win
GMinnesota Timberwolves
January 12, 2019
Jones managed 14 points (4-9 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, one rebound, one steal, and one block in 28 minutes during Saturday's 110-106 win over the Pelicans.
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