Re-Drafting The Top-Heavy 2015 NBA Draft

27. Los Angeles Lakers — Tyus Jones

Original Spot For Jones: 24th Overall (Cavaliers)
Original 27th Pick: Larry Nance Jr.

Jones’ NCAA tournament run in 2015 bolstered his stock tremendously entering the draft. On a team that produced two lottery picks (Okafor and Winslow), Jones was Duke’s best player throughout the tournament, and was eventually named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

The diminutive guard’s shortcoming came screeching to the forefront once he made the jump to the league. While he’s a good defensive player, Jones’ lack of a reliable three-point shot — coupled with his so-so athleticism — hindered his overall offensive output. It’s a big part of the reason why teams have never fully trusted Jones as a starter, leading to just one season in which he has averaged over 20 minutes per game.

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