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Tyus Jones Named Summer League MVP

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Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named Samsung Summer League MVP on Sunday.

Jones led the Timberwolves Summer League team into the Final of the tournament where they will face the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

The 20-year-old point guard averaged 19.4 points while shooting 45.7% from the floor adding 6.3 assits and 4.0 rebounds to his impressive stat-line.

Jones’ 29 points on Sunday night in the semifinal match-up against the Suns helped his team win their fourth consecutive Summer League game and earned them a place in the final.

The Minnesota native was a star with Duke, earning the 2015 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award before entering the draft after his senior season. He was drafted 24th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2015 before being shipped to Minnesota for draft picks.

In his first season, Jones was fourth on the Timberwolves point guard depth chart behind Ricky Rubio, Zach Lavine and Andre Miller. He still played 37 games averaging 15.5 minutes per game. He scored 4.2 points and added 2.9 assists in the 2015-16 season.

It is hard to imagine Jones getting the starting nod over 2016 5th overall pick Kris Dunn, but when Dunn was forced out of Summer League play with a concussion, the Wolves were 0-3. Jones took the reins after the injury and led his team to the final. This showing could force head coach Tom Thibodeau to give the point guard position a deeper look.

There are rumors of Rubio being traded which would give Jones more minutes to showcase his talent on this young Timberwolves team.

Minnesota will look to win the Summer League tournament final on Monday night with Jones at the helm.

Jones, along with Cleveland’s Jordan McRae, Chicago’s Bobby Portis, Phoenix’ Alan Williams, as well as the 2016 1st overall pick of the Sixers, Ben Simmons highlights the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team.