Tre Jones PG, Duke
Teams, scouts and fans might look at Tre Jones and not see why he would potentially be a good NBA player but don’t get it twisted, Tre Jones is built for this.
Standing at a 6″3 and 185 pounds, Jones does not cut the most intimidating figure. During his freshman season at Duke, Jones was constantly outshined (rightfully) by his other teammates. With Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and RJ Barrett being his teammates last year, Jones rightfully just passed the ball to his top overall pick power forward. Along with his two other lottery pick teammates.
This season while there were new faces in Vernon Carey Jr. and Cassius Stanley, Jones finally stepped out of the shadows and showed the college basketball world that he could ball.
While not physically intimidating, Jones is extremely capable of using his body and strength to get to the rim. He’s a player who is not afraid of contact. Jones will frequently get buckets inside the key and at times make hard off-balance shots look easy.
While Jones will never be mistaken for Kyrie Irving or Damian Lillard, he does have a level of swag and confidence in his game reminiscent to Kemba Walker. By no stretch of the imagination is Jones Kemba Walker but upon watching him he has a similar trait to Walker in that when he shoots the ball, even when he is playing badly, you expect it to go in.
Jones’ greatest strength on the basketball court is his basketball IQ. He isn’t a physically gifted athlete, he isn’t the best scorer, he isn’t the strongest and even his potential to be an elite player in the NBA is extremely low. But what you get from him is a floor general who knows how to quarterback a team and isn’t afraid to take the big shots if and when required. Jones’ ability to make the simple and more importantly right pass is extremely evident and he will make his money in the NBA making the right plays for his teammates. While chipping in with some points.
Defensively, Jones is impressive for his size. With good lateral quickness, he is capable of staying in front of his man and making life difficult.
If Tre Jones can make open 3-point shots (which he has shown an ability to this season at Duke), defend his position and make the right pass at the right time, the Lakers will have landed themselves a useful team player. One who at his worst is going to do the little things right and be a useful player. At his best he’s is a starting-caliber point guard who is going to surprise a lot of people in the NBA.
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