After playing in just one of the Wolves' previous six games (and getting 4 seconds of game action in that one), second-year guard Tyus Jones was called upon Monday with Zach LaVine hobbled.
As he has done in many other situations this season, the former Apple Valley star and national champion at Duke delivered. Jones went 3-for-3 from the field, including a big three-pointer that helped the Wolves close out the Mavs.
Those types of players are invaluable in the NBA. But it also raises the question of whether Jones deserves more opportunities.
With Ricky Rubio and Kris Dunn healthy, it's been a numbers game and Jones often has been the odd man out. But statistically the Wolves have been better on offense and defense when Jones has been on the floor.
Jones has at least carved out a niche as a true pro. Maybe he'll get a bigger chance at some point to show he can be even more.
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