Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones
24-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.
Personal Bio

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).

College/International Summary

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.

Goes for 18 points
GMemphis Grizzlies
March 5, 2020
Jones notched 18 points (6-13 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists and five rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's 118-79 win at Brooklyn.
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Jones has topped the 15-point plateau in each of his last two appearances and seems to be settling as Ja Morant's main backup alternative. Jones had a stretch of six games scoring in double digits earlier this season but, for the most part, his numbers have been so inconsistent that he can't be trusted from a fantasy perspective night in and night out.
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2018

Jones appeared in 68 games for Minnesota, starting in 23 of those contests. The former Duke point guard averaged career highs across the board. In 22.9 minutes of court time per game, Jones averaged 6.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals. He'd also finish second on the team in assists behind starting point guard Jeff Teague. Jones accumulated four double-doubles in assists, three of those coming in the final six regular season games. He dished a career-high 13 dimes at New Orleans on New Year's Eve. Jones would score in double-figures on 22 occasions, including a season-high 16 points on two separate occasions. He'd shoot 84.1 percent from the foul line, which ranked him among the league's top-40. Jones also finished within the same lofty standing when it came to steals per game. He'd peak in that department by swiping five passes on Dec. 30 at Miami.

2017

Behind starting point guard Jeff Teague, Jones played in a career-high 82 games as he established himself as a true rotation player. He set career highs nearly across the board, averaging 5.1 points, 2.8 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 17.9 minutes. Jones also set highs in field-goal percentage (45.7) and free-throw percentage (87.7). In his 11 starts, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.9 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.5 rebounds across 33.7 minutes. New single-game highs were established, too, with seven steals and six rebounds. Arguably his best all-around effort of the season occurred Nov. 29 during a 120-102 win over the Pelicans. As a starter, Jones recorded 16 points, six assists, four rebounds, four steals and only one turnover across 42 minutes. Minnesota finished the season 47-35 but fell to the Rockets in a five-game first-round series. Jones saw action in four games, averaging 1.0 point, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 13.8 minutes. He had his best performance in a 16-point Game 3 victory, posting two points, two rebounds and an assist with no turnovers across seven minutes.

2016

Backing up both Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn, Jones appeared in 60 games for the Timberwolves in 2016-17 -- his second season in the league. He saw 12.9 minutes per contest, averaging 3.5 points, 2.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds. Jones' strongest improvement was his shooting, as he set new career highs in field-goal percentage (41.4), three-point percentage (35.6) and free-throw percentage (76.7). He also set new single-game career highs of 17 points and five steals. His 17-point effort against the Rockets on April 12 was arguably his best all-around performance of the season. Jones shot 6-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from downtown and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line while also collecting seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. On the three occasions that Jones saw 30-plus minutes, he averaged 9.0 points, 7.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 steals. Jones also shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc in 30 appearances at home. One of his strongest stretches of the season was a five-game period from March 19-28. While he only averaged 2.2 points, Jones averaged an impressive 4.8 assists (just 1.4 turnovers) and 2.0 steals in 16.3 minutes.

2015

Following one season at Duke, Jones was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut with the Timberwolves on the seventh game of the season, playing 13 minutes in a nine-point loss to Charlotte on Nov. 10. He posted one point, one assist, one rebound and one steal. Jones saw his first stretch of consistent minutes from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, when he appeared in six games and averaged 4.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 13.8 minutes. He was then off the court for a while until Feb. 22. From then onward, he appeared in every Timberwolves contest, averaging 4.7 points, 3.3 assists, 1.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 17.3 minutes. Jones' career highs were set at 10 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Across his 37 total appearances, he averaged 4.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 rebounds in 15.5 minutes. He also shot 35.9 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from distance and 71.8 percent from the charity stripe. When seeing at least 20 minutes of run, Jones averaged 5.0 points, 5.6 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round (24th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2015
    Signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Best game of season Monday
GMemphis Grizzlies
March 3, 2020
Jones posted 15 points (6-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine assists, four steals and one rebound across 19 minutes during Monday's 127-88 win over the Hawks.
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Scores in double figures again
GMemphis Grizzlies
February 9, 2020
Jones put up 13 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes during Sunday's victory over the Wizards.
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Showing improved form
GMemphis Grizzlies
February 4, 2020
Jones posted 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five assists, two rebounds and one steal across 21 minutes in Monday's 96-82 win over the Pistons.
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Scores 12 in Wednesday's win
GMemphis Grizzlies
January 29, 2020
Jones amassed 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-2 3Pt), four assists and one rebound in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 127-106 win over the Knicks.
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Four assists in 14 minutes Friday
GMemphis Grizzlies
January 11, 2020
Jones accumulated three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four assists and one rebound across 14 minutes during Friday's 134-121 victory over the Spurs.
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