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Where is Tre Jones' Ceiling

Tre was a five star recruit coming out of high school, ranked at 15. At Duke, Tre was part of an incoming frshman class headlined by Zion Williams, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish. In his freshman season he suffered from a knee and hip injuries. Despite this he averaged 9.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Whilst he didn't stand out that year, his court management and ability to distribute was on display. His defensive prowess was also evident, as evidenced by one of the best steal rates in the ACC. His stats jumped in his second year: 16.2 points. 6.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. However, it's been publicised that he suffered lingering effects of a long recovery from the hip surgery which compromised his lateral movement on court and his jumping ability. Combined with his underwhelming size, this led to him slipping to the 2nd round of the draft.

In Tre's second season with the Spurs after graduating if you will the G league, he displayed the ability to manage the offense, was a surprisingly good finisher around the rim, showed nice court vision and passing ability, and held his own defensively around the perimeter. In summary, he looks to be a natural point guard (for those of us who still believe there's such a thing as a definable position in the modern day NBA.)

His outside shooting was non-existent last season until the very last month when he decided to tempt it and started hitting at a 42% clip on 2apg (though on an admittedly miniscule sample size). Encouragingly, he's a decent FT shooter and in his final year at Duke he shot 36% from 3 on around 4 attempts per game. The promise is there at least as a spot up shooter, though the jury is out whether he has the ability to shoot around the perimeter on the move, using step backs, etc.

One of the questions about Tre coming out of college was whether his lack of size, dynamic athleticism and, according to a number of scouting reports, average lateral movement would leave him as a defensive liability. His supposed lack of burst also was viewed as a negative as a primary initiator on offense in breaking down defenses. Yet, time and again last season Tre showed an ability to drive and penetrate both second and first unit defenses. Defensively, he was the only Spur who consistently demonstrated a knack for fighting over screens without taking quick twitch risks of moving and anticipating to get an advantage (read DeJounte Murray). He showed capable lateral movement and an ability to stay in front of his man.

So, what's Tre's upside? Is he bound to be a role player, with the upside of a 6th man? Or could he be the sleeper on this team, in the mold of, say, a VanFleet?

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