4 Grizzlies who improved their trade value in 2023

Memphis Grizzlies, Xavier Tillman (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
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Memphis Grizzlies, Tyus Jones
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Tyus Jones, PG

Our final player on this list is another Duke alum, though this one has championship pedigree, having won the national title and Most Outstanding Player award in his last year in Durham. Tyus Jones was selected 24th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015. After four ho-hum years playing for his home state team, Jones signed with the Grizzlies in 2019 and played better in his first two seasons in Memphis.

There is perhaps no point guard in the league today that has smarter decision-making than Jones. The veteran reserve has led the league in assist-turnover ratio for… wait for it… five straight years. Jones has always been intelligent while running an offense, but he has really proven his ability to do it with more volume over the past two years during which he started a combined 45 games, leading the Grizz to wins in 32 of those contests.

In his 23 starts last year, Jones chipped in 12.7 points, 6.6 dimes, 3.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.0 turnovers per game on 45/40/84 shooting line and this year he was even better, going for 16.4 points, 8.1 dimes, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 1.5 turnovers on a 50/41/78 shooting line. He has now proven that he is a bonafide starting point guard candidate as well as the best backup point guard in basketball.

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