Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones
23-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2019.
Heading to Memphis
GMemphis Grizzlies
July 9, 2019
Jones is joining the Grizzlies after the Timberwolves declined to match the three-year, $24 million offer sheet, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Jones was a restricted free agent so Minnesota had two days to match the offer sheet after it was signed Sunday, and now his rights move to Memphis. The 23-year-old is coming off a season in which he averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 22.9 minutes, and he figures to serve as the backup to rookie Ja Morant (knee).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Signs offer sheet with Grizzlies
GMinnesota Timberwolves
July 7, 2019
Jones agreed Sunday to a three-year, $24 million offer sheet with Memphis, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
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Gets qualifying offer
GMinnesota Timberwolves
June 26, 2019
Jones was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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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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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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