Tyus Jones has found a way to build a nice little career as a reserve point guard in the NBA. Now it’s time for his younger brother to follow in his footsteps. What can we expect from Tre Jones as he tries to make the jump from Duke to the NBA?
Tre, like Tyus, is a similar build. Tre checks in at 6-foot-3, 190, with an average wingspan for his size. Jones isn’t big or overpowering, but that doesn’t stop him from being a premier defender. Jones is a disruptive defender and often picks up the opposition full court.
Jones brings plenty of energy to both ends of the floor and is pesky on the ball. At Duke, Jones Allowing 0.66 points per Isolation possession (64th percentile). That’s an excellent mark for a smaller point guard. He will hold his own on that end of the floor. Jones was named a two-time All-ACC defender for a reason.
Jones played two years for the Blue Devils, taking a big step forward as a Sophomore. More so, the offense took a step forward as he averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game. Jones was named the ACC player of the year as a vital part of the Blue Devils team.
Jones is incredibly unselfish and has no problem making the pass. Jones also ranked 1st in the ACC in transition scoring. Off a miss, Jones can take it and go on the break. In the half-court, Jones also ranked fourth in the conference in isolation scoring.
The jump shot comes and goes, but a 36.1% three-point mark isn’t bad. Jones is capable of getting to the basket and scoring. More importantly, he’s brilliant at setting up an offense.
The raw athletic traits aren’t there. Jones lacks some quickness, but he makes up for it in other areas of the game. His rebounding numbers are high despite his size. Jones is a leader, and his teammates rally around him.
The idea of drafting another Tyus Jones isn’t a sexy proposition. Tre has shown slightly more potential and upside. It’s not like Tyus is a bad basketball player, either.