Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones

28-Year-Old GuardG
Washington Wizards
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Injury Back
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There might not be a single player in the NBA who projects to see a bigger jump in fantasy value than Jones. The only one that comes to mind is Jones' teammate, Jordan Poole! These two are expected to take over this Washington offense, and it's a team that needs some players to produce. They've lost Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis and Monte Morris over the last year, and Jones is expected to be the starting point guard. That's the biggest opportunity this youngster has had, but we've seen Jones be terrific as a fill-in starter in the past. Jones started 22 games for Ja Morant last year, averaging 16.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 1.8 steals on 50.0 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line. That might look like a fluke on the surface, but we saw nearly identical averages in 23 starts in 2021. It's difficult to gauge exactly where he should be drafted, but given what we've seen from him as a starter already, it shouldn't be surprising if he returns mid-round value. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $29 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2022. Traded to the Wizards in June of 2023.
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.

Won't suit up Sunday
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April 13, 2024
Jones (back) is out for Sunday's game versus the Celtics.
ANALYSIS
Jones will ultimately miss the final 16 games of Washington's season due to a sprained back. Jones will head into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent after averaging 12.0 points, 7.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 29.3 minutes across 66 appearances for the Wizards in 2023-24.
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How does Tyus Jones compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
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True Shooting %
57.8%
 
Effective Field Goal %
56.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
38.4%
 
Free Throw Rate
6.0%
 
Offensive Rebound %
1.1%
 
Defensive Rebound %
9.0%
 
Total Rebound %
5.0%
 
Assist %
34.6%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
0.8%
 
Turnover %
5.3%
 
Usage %
16.3%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
29.3
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.0
 
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More likely to be moved than Kuzma
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February 6, 2024
Jones is viewed as a "more likely trade candidate" than Kyle Kuzma before Thursday's trade deadline, Marc Stein of Substack reports.
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The Wizards are expected to make at least one or two moves before Thursday's trade deadline. Jones is one of the players that should command the most interest, especially if Washington rejects any offers for players such as Kyle Kuzma and Deni Avdija. Jones is playing as a full-time starter this season, a role he hadn't had in the past in his career, and he's averaging 12.2 points with 6.3 assists per game.
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Jones has carved out a nice backup role in Memphis behind Ja Morant over the past three seasons. Last year, he ranked 216th in per-game fantasy production behind 8.7 points on 45/39/82 shooting, 4.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals. He's proven to be a nice deep-league option given his assists and steals upside when Morant misses time. Per 36 minutes across the past three seasons, he's averaged 7.8 dimes and 1.7 swipes. The Grizzlies furthered their commitment to Jones this summer, inking him to a two-year, $30 million contract, so fantasy managers should have no doubt that the point guard will remain in this role. In those deep leagues and best ball formats, he's a great option if you've drafted Morant and want to hedge against an injury.
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.
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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Ruled out for Friday
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April 11, 2024
Jones (back) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Chicago.
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Out again Tuesday
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April 8, 2024
Jones (back) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.
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Ruled out for Sunday
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April 6, 2024
Jones (back) won't play Sunday against the Raptors.
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Still sidelined
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April 4, 2024
Jones (back) won't play in Friday's game versus the Trail Blazers.
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Out again Wednesday
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April 3, 2024
Jones (back) won't play Wednesday against the Lakers.
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