Tyus Jones, behind an incredibly strong run leading the Summer Wolves to today's finals, has been named the Las Vegas Summer League MVP. Jones has averaged over 19 points and six assists over the seven games so far. It's summer league, but Jones' maturity, understanding and leadership have been terrific all week. After three straight losses in the preliminary round, Jones has led the Wolves to four straight wins and a birth in the finals against the Summer Bulls tonight at 8 pm CDT (ESPN2).
Here's the release:
LAS VEGAS, July 17, 2016 - Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, while nine additional players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members.
The 11-day, 67-game event featured 23 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select team and will culminate tomorrow night with the Championship game between the second-seeded Chicago Bulls and the 24th seeded Minnesota Timberwolves. The Championship game will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET.
Jones led Minnesota to four consecutive wins during the tournament to advance to the Samsung NBA Summer League's Championship game after losing the opening three games in Las Vegas. In seven games in Las Vegas, Jones averaged 19.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting to go with 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals. On July 17, he scored 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting to go with six assists and three rebounds.
Joining Jones on the Samsung All-NBA Summer League 2016 First Team are Jordan McRae (Cleveland), Bobby Portis (Chicago), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia) and Alan Williams (Phoenix).
Jaylen Brown (Boston), Thon Maker (Milwaukee), Kelly Oubre Jr. (Washington), Normal Powell (Toronto) and Tyler Ulis (Phoenix) round out the Second Team.
Congratulations to Tyus Jones. Hopefully this confidence will carry over to the actual season. It's been fun watching him play.