Despite the fact that Denzel Valentine made the jumper to win the Summer League Championship, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones was named MVP.
Despite the fact that Chicago Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine made the game-winning turnaround jumper to win the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship in Las Vegas, Tyus Jones was named Most Valuable Player for the entire tournament.
After starting with a record of 0-3, Jones led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 4-game winning streak entering the Championship game against the Bulls. The team’s 2015 first-round draft pick has averaged 20.4 points, 6.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals in eight contests.
In Monday night’s 84-82 overtime loss, Jones filled the stat sheet once again with 27 points and 10 assists. If that wasn’t enough, he also sank a deep triple that gave the Timberwolves a three-point lead in regulation with 3.9 seconds remaining.
Immediately, after that play, Denzel Valentine hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the Championship game to overtime.
Jones was also selected for the Samsung All-NBA Summer League 2016 First Team along with Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan McRae, Phoenix Suns’ Alan Williams, Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons and Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis.
The interesting detail about Jones’ breakout summer is that it happened as an effect of Kris Dunn, the Timberwolves 5th overall draft pick, who sustained a concussion early on in Summer League play.
It was Jones’ chance to prove that he belonged in this league, or at least in the Timberwolves’ rotation.
Minnesota is guard-heavy, which features a unit of Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn. There have been rumors that Rubio could be the odd man out and could find himself being traded before the season begins.