Title: TYUS JONES, ANDRE MILLER, AND MINNESOTA’S POINT GUARD PROFESSORSHIP
Date: February 26, 2016
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: I wrote about Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Tyus Jones, who is ready for a bigger role after apprenticing under Andre Miller.
The youngest player on what is regularly described as the most talented young team in the NBA is a hometown product who in college led his team to a NCAA championship and is scarcely a rumor in a NBA rotation. The bulk of his minutes have come in the D-League, and he’s yet to make any kind of impact with the parent club. This is the freshman season for Tyus Jones, his second in a row, and his curriculum so far has been far more theoretical than practical. His professor is Andre Miller.
It’s obscene how good Minnesota’s core could grow to be, before even factoring in a likely top-five pick in June. Jones’s fellow youngsters—21-year-old 20-point scorer Andrew Wiggins, two-time Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine, and future NBA overlord Karl-Anthony Towns—have been thrown to the—well, they’ve played a lot, in order to expedite their development. “Our young guys have done a great job thus far,” head coach Sam Mitchell said in Toronto on Wednesday. “We don’t treat them like young players.” Except for Jones, it seems.
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