Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones

26-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The good news for Jones is when he started eight straight games early last season, he delivered 9.5 points, 6.9 assists and 1.9 steals over 29.0 minutes per game. The bad news is, with star Ja Morant on the Grizzlies, it's unlikely Jones puts together another string of starts unless Morant gets injured. The other bad news is Jones is likely behind De'Anthony Melton, too, on the point guard depth chart. Jones is on the last year of his contract, while Melton has three more years on his deal. Melton is also two years younger than Jones, meaning Melton is a better fit for Memphis' rebuilding timeline. Also, during Memphis' playoff series with the Jazz, Melton played 16.7 minutes per game versus Jones' 9.3 MPG. This is a long way of saying that without injuries to the Grizzlies' backcourt, expect Jones' 17.5 minutes per contest from 2020-21 to go down in 2021-22, with a subsequent decline in counting stats. The diminutive six-footer is too small to effectively defend shooting guards, which also hinders his playing time. On the whole, Jones is only relevant in deeper fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2019.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jones was born in 1996 in Burnsville, Minnesota. His father, Robert Jones, played basketball at Wisconsin-Parkside. His mother, Debbie, led Devils Lake High School to a North Dakota state championship. Jones has volunteered for Feed My Starving Children, and he's served as a motivational speaker for elementary school children. He is also an ambassador for the United Heroes League. Jones provided the Excell Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota with the "Write Your Own Story" Learning Lab in May of 2017, which included 30 computer work stations and a new projection system. Check him out on Twitter and Instragram (@1tyus). Jones was named the 2015 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after leading Duke to the national championship title. He was named to the 2014-15 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team along with the All-ACC third team, as well. Jones ranked second in the ACC in assists with 217 and was second in the nation among freshmen in assists per game (5.6). Jones also ranked eighth in the ACC in steals with 59. He was the second freshman in Duke history to record 400 points and 200 assists in the same season. The Apple Valley, Minnesota native announced that he would enter the 2015 NBA Draft after his freshman year at Duke. He was drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Cavaliers and traded the same day to the Thunderwolves.

Near triple-double in loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
May 14, 2022
Jones recorded 7 points (2-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Friday's 110-96 loss to Golden State.
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Jones saw a major minutes increase following Ja Morant's knee injury in Game 3. The seventh-year guard shot less than 26.0 percent from the field for the fourth time this series but remained impactful on the glass and as a facilitator.
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Option for Toronto?
GMemphis Grizzlies
June 7, 2022
The Raptors could try to sign Jones in free agency, speculates Eric Koreen of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The Raptors are looking to add more playmakers to their roster ahead of the 2022-23 season and Jones is one of the players that has been mentioned as a potential fit for the Canada-based franchise. Jones averaged a career-high 8.4 points and 4.4 assists per game during the regular season and is widely seen as one of the best backup point guards in the league, so he could deliver quality minutes off the bench for Toronto.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jones signed as a free agent with the Grizzlies prior to the 2019-20 season, and he ended up playing a backup point guard role to Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant. Jones remained mostly fantasy irrelevant, though fantasy managers in deeper leagues were able to get some use out of his solid shooting efficiency (45.9 field goal, 74.1 free throw percentages), passing (4.4 assists per game) and defense (0.9 steals per game). Heading into 2020-21, Jones should be in line for a backup role, though he might have to fend off De'Anthony Melton, Grayson Allen and Justise Winslow for playing time. He should again make for a fine flier in deep leagues and is a buy-low dynasty target at age 24, but fantasy managers in standard leagues can probably keep Jones far off their board.
Jones signed a three-year, $24 million deal to join the Grizzlies over the summer after a productive fourth season with the Timberwolves. He saw his role grow to 22.9 minutes per game and achieved career highs across the board with 6.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals. His assist average was even more impressive, considering he turned the ball over just 0.7 times per game. Jones garnered 23 starts with Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose in and out of the lineup, and the former was impressive in those games. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.3 minutes as a starter, showcasing his strong abilities as a facilitator. Jones will likely serve as the top backup to rookie Ja Morant, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Jones play heavy minutes as a leader of the second unit. New career-highs across multiple categories are certainly attainable.
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.
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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Productive again in Morant's stead
GMemphis Grizzlies
May 11, 2022
Jones ended with 21 points (8-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, nine assists, one block and two steals in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 134-95 victory over the Warriors.
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Posts 19/6/5 in place of Morant
GMemphis Grizzlies
May 9, 2022
Jones logged 19 points (8-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists and one block over 41 minutes during Monday's 101-98 loss to the Warriors.
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Starting in Morant's place
GMemphis Grizzlies
May 9, 2022
Jones will start Monday's Game 4 against the Warriors, Mark Medina of NBA.com reports.
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Ruled out Sunday
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April 10, 2022
Jones (hand) is out Sunday against the Celtics.
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Absent from injury report
GMemphis Grizzlies
April 4, 2022
Jones (hand) will be available for Tuesday's game against Utah.
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