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Why Tyus Jones Might Be the Perfect Draft Pick for the Houston Rockets

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Over the past four years, the Houston Rockets have had some serious difficulties with holding on to talented point guards. Former Rockets and current starting point guards, Kyle Lowry, of the Toronto Raptors and Jeremy Lin, of the Los Angeles Lakers, were both respectfully traded away. Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat, and Chicago Bulls’ sixth man, Aaron Brooks, were oddly enough once traded for one another by Houston, but neither resides there anymore.

The Houston Rockets are in dire need of a point guard to run the offense. The acquisition of  a point guard will allow James Harden to move freely within the framework of the half court sets and they are committed to upgrading the point guard position via a trade or free agency.

Our focus is always on draft the best player available… For us, the matter of trying to address roster needs to play next year is probably not a healthy exercise” said Rockets vice president Gersson Rosas.

Now is the perfect time for the Houston Rockets to draft the best player available and show patience in order to develop the position of point guard. Tyus Jones might be the very player that the Rockets need. Just imagine if Commissioner Adam Silver approaches the podium at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, on June 25th and says “With the eighteenth pick, for the 2015 NBA draft, the Houston Rockets select – Tyus Jones, from Duke University.”

Jones has declared for early entry into the draft as a freshman, he was named the Most Outstanding Player, starting at point guard for Duke’s National Title team. Jones college stats are 11.8 points, 5.6 assist, and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 89% from the foul-line.

The knock against Jones is that he doesn’t have the quickness which could make him a defensive liability on the next level, but Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey knows better than anyone, that analytics can’t measure the intangibles of a player nor can it equate the make-up of a pure point guard.

Tyus Jones is a playmaker with a high basketball IQ, possesses the clutch gene, and is a winner. He has won a State Championship for Apple Valley High School and a NCAA Championship. The Rockets are coming off a disappointing loss in the 2015 Western Conference Finals, and have a solid foundation in place, what could be more appealing to him than having James Harden as your back court partner.

 

I hate to lose. Every level I’ve been on, I try to accomplish the same goal – and that’s to win a championship. It just comes from hating to lose and I feel as point guard and as a leader, you set the table for the team. That’s what comes out of me.

There are no guarantees that Tyus Jones will still be on the draft board when Houston makes its selection with the eighteenth pick, but if so, Houston shouldn’t hesitate to select the guard with supreme confidence

I hate to lose. Every level I’ve been on, I try to accomplish the same goal – and that’s to win a championship. It just comes from hating to lose and I feel as point guard and as a leader, you set the table for the team. That’s what comes out of me.”

Jones is definitely not the most physically imposing player in the 2015 draft, but perhaps he has the highest basketball IQ with a tremendous will to win, this makes him the perfect draft pick for the Houston Rockets.

 

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