Houston Rockets Free Agent Guard #1 Tyus Jones
Tyus Jones is the best point guard on the market and is exactly the type of player the Rockets need. He’s a low-usage point guard that is an assist-to-turnover ratio god, can space the floor, and is a solid defender. Jones is only 26-year-old, and the Rockets can lock him up for the remainder of his prime as he helps usher in the next era of Rockets basketball.
One shouldn’t wax poetically about backup point guards, but Jones is simply incredible. His 10.0 assists per 100 possessions was the 14th best mark in the league, and his 1.4 turnovers was the 27th fewest. The fewest turnovers per 100 possessions of anyone else to average 10 or more assists were Chris Paul and Ish Smith at 3.4. Jones is in a league of his own.
The Rockets were the most turnover-prone team last season, and a calm, steady hand could see their offense improve dramatically. In fact, if it wasn’t for their turnover woes, they could have easily had a league average offense.
Defensively Jones has always graded out as above average and is adept at generating steals. His small stature makes it hard for him to be a multi-positional threat, but overall he is a good defender.
Jones’ 3-point shooting has fluctuated year-to-year, but his strong free throw shooting numbers suggest that he should find a bit more consistency. Add it all up, and Jones is an awesome player that probably should have started way more games in his career, instead of quietly being the best backup point guard in NBA history.
As an unrestricted free agent, there’s a chance that the bidding for Jones gets intense. The Rockets shouldn’t be scared to pay a little extra to bring him in. He won’t alter anyone’s role on the team and provides insurance for injury and/or underperformance at the guard position.
Tyson Jones should be a household name; he’s that good. But I’d be fine with him staying in the background if it means he becomes a Houston Rocket. He’d be worth every penny.