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Cavaliers Take Tyus Jones at No. 24, Deal Him to Timberwolves

APR 06 Div I Men's National Championship - Wisconsin v Duke

The 2014 Final Four’s Most Outstanding player Tyus Jones was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 24th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but Jones is going to the Minnesota Timberwolves:

Jones is a talented, savvy point guard who helped lead Duke to a National Championship this year alongside fellow senior point-guard prospect Quinn Cook.

Jones has maturity well beyond his years, possessing the ability to control a team and hit the three-point shot (37.9 percent on the season). Jones rarely turned the ball over, sporting a 2.85:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, on 5.6 assists per game. His ability as a true point guard to control pace and tempo was very impressive as a college freshman.

However, Jones lacks the stature and length to be an effective on-ball defender in the NBA. At 6-1, 185 pounds with a 6-5 wingspan and only decent athleticism, Jones might struggle defending starting caliber NBA point guards. His ability to finish (41.7 field goal percentage) and resistance on defense might improve with 10 pounds of added strength.

Overall, Jones has the look of a solid backup point guard for years to come. His ability to control tempo and act as a coach on the floor brings a lot to a team in need of leadership, and that’s his most attractive quality as an NBA point guard. Expect the Duke product to be in the league for a very long time.

NBA comparison: Luke Ridnour

2014-15 stats: 11.8 ppg, 5.6 apg, 1.5 spg (41.7 FG%, 37.9 3P%, 88.9 FT%)

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