Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones
22-Year-Old GuardG
Minnesota Timberwolves
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.
Dishes out 13 dimes
GMinnesota Timberwolves
April 7, 2019
Jones totaled 10 points (3-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 assists and five rebounds over 35 minutes Sunday against the Thunder.
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Jones was one of four Minnesota starters to finish in double figures, but he was most impressive when distributing the basketball. He's handed out 10 or more assists in two of his previous four contests and has racked up 10 or more points in each of those matchups. He'll look to finish the final two games of the regular season on a high note.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2015
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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Solid production in Wednesday's win
GMinnesota Timberwolves
April 4, 2019
Jones tallied 15 points (6-9 FG, 3-3 3Pt), six assists, and one rebound in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 110-108 victory over the Mavericks.
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Double-doubles in loss
GMinnesota Timberwolves
April 2, 2019
Jones finished with 14 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt), 10 assists, three rebounds and three steals over 33 minutes in the Timberwolves' loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday.
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Eight dimes in loss
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 26, 2019
Jones produced 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), eight assists and two rebounds over 30 minutes in the Timberwolves' loss to the Clippers on Tuesday.
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Produces another strong game
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 21, 2019
Jones finished with 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, two rebounds and two steals over 34 minutes in the Timberwolves' loss to the Hornets on Thursday.
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Solid stat line in loss
GMinnesota Timberwolves
March 19, 2019
Jones finished with 10 points (3-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal over 33 minutes in the Timberwolves' loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
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