Tre Jones: Tools
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Jones is not exceptionally fast north-to-south, although once he gets up to speed he can run quite fast in a straight line. His first step and short-area burst are rather limited, and with the ball in his hands he is much more deliberate than quick. Defensively he covers ground faster, finding another gear on defense defending baseline-to-baseline. He does a reasonable job changing speeds, but in general his game is much more east-west than north-south.
Agility is the one positive movement tool for Jones, combining his good side-to-side speed with his strong and smart footwork. He slides decently well, but his anticipation and positioning help him to stay in front of most opponents. Faster NBA guards may give him problems, but something about the act of defending opens up his abilities in a unique way.
This is another area that might cause problems for Jones at the next level. He is not a vertical athlete, taking a lot of time to load up and lacking much vertical pop. He also is not a particularly powerful distance jumper, something that can aid a smaller guy. While at times he has some deceptive bounce, overall he has had to develop work-arounds in his game. For example, he has developed a nice floater over the course of the season. His IQ may be able to belie his lack of explosiveness, but he will need to work hard to cover for it.
Jones is not elite in this area, but he is certainly not bad either. He has impressive balance and coordination that are displayed in a variety of settings. He can keep his handle against different defensive stresses, and at the rim can find creative angles and absorb contact well with his underrated core strength. He currently lacks the touch to finish consistently, but the framework is there to be a better finisher at the rim. Defensively, his precise footwork and active hands allow him to be incredibly disruptive while almost never fouling.
At first glance Jones looks to have a frame that would hold him back defensively, but a certain Minnesota Timberwolves guard has become a quality defender with nearly the same physical proportions. Jones is 6’3” tall with a 6’4” wingspan and an 183 pound frame, decent but unspectacular for a point guard. There is potential for him to become stronger as his frame fill out, but there is probably not much untapped potential. That being said he makes the most of what he has, playing with an unexpected physicality and a pesky bulldog manner on defense. He will likely never be an explosive half-court scorer, or have quick-post abilities like Kyle Lowry, but his frame seems sufficient.