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What you need to know about Tottenham defender Tre Jones on his 23rd birthday

This season has already had a lot of ups and downs (and we are only in January). There were several small win streaks as well as a few unsuccessful streaks. But let’s take a step back from all of that to shed some light on rising and rising San Antonio point guard Tre Jones.

Jones will celebrate his 23rd birthday on Sunday, January 8th. In honor of the celebration, here are some interesting facts about the Spurs point guard.

Tre Jones #33 of the San Antonio Spurs shits on Judge Winslow #26 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at the AT&T Center on December 14, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Tre Jones scoring

First, he more than doubled his points from last year, going from 6.0 points per game to a respectable 12.8. Which is great for someone just in their third year and suddenly being pushed into a starting role. When a player increases his workload, it does not always mean that he will maintain his efficiency; progress is almost never linear. But Jones sticks together, putting his scoring ahead of his contemporaries, such as former spurr Derrick White (10.0 ppg) and fellow Detroit draft pick Killian Hayes (9.1 ppg), who was drafted 34 choices ahead of him.

No. 33 Tre Jones of the San Antonio Spurs heads for goal as No. 5 Immanuel Quickley of the New York Knicks defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden on January 4, 2023 in New York City.

No. 33 Tre Jones of the San Antonio Spurs heads for goal as No. 5 Immanuel Quickley of the New York Knicks defends during the first half at Madison Square Garden on January 4, 2023 in New York City.

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Passage of Tre Jones

Jones is 9th in the NBA in total assists with 241 assists. He moved into his starting point guard role and was successful in passing the ball and bringing in others. The Spurs offense always involves movement and movement of the ball, so it’s nice to see Jones in the top 10 in this category. Not to mention, the only other Year 3 and Year 4 players in the top 10 are the All-Stars or expected All-Stars Ja Morant, Tyrese Haliburton and Darius Garland. Good company to be in.

Tre Jones #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the second half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 7, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.  Duke won 89-76.

Tre Jones #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the second half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 7, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 89-76.

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Tre Jones in Duke

For those new to Tre Jones history, let’s take a step back and see how he got here. Prior to joining Silver and Black, Jones was successful on the college basketball team that is Duke. Jones was named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the 2019–20 season, his second and final season with Duke. No wonder he caught the attention of the Spurs front office, who selected him in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Apple Valley Eagles quarterback Tre Jones dribbles against the Eastview Lightning during the first half of their prep basketball game on December 18, 2015 at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  Apple Valley defeated Eastview 95-62.  Jones is hired by Duke and he was the 2015 FIBA ​​Americas Championship Team USA FIBA ​​Americas Championship Team gold medalist.  Jones is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves defenseman Tyus Jones.  (Photo by Josh Holmberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Apple Valley Eagles quarterback Tre Jones dribbles against the Eastview Lightning during the first half of their prep basketball game on December 18, 2015 at Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Apple Valley defeated Eastview 95-62. Jones is hired by Duke and he was the 2015 FIBA ​​Americas Championship Team USA FIBA ​​Americas Championship Team gold medalist. Jones is the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves defenseman Tyus Jones. (Photo by Josh Holmberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Tre Jones before college

Jones’ recognition began before playing for the Blue Devils. In his national high school class, he was a 5-star recruit, ranking 13th in the overall recruiting services consensus ranking, just below fellow Spur Keldon Johnson at 12th. In 2015, he won the gold medal representing the USA in FIBA ​​Americas Under. -16 Argentina Championship. In 2018, he was named McDonald’s All-American and Minnesota Mr. Basketball from Apple Valley High School.

No. 21 Tyus Jones of the Memphis Grizzlies high-fives his brother Tre Jones No. 33 of the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the game at the AT&T Center on January 30, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas.

No. 21 Tyus Jones of the Memphis Grizzlies high-fives his brother Tre Jones No. 33 of the San Antonio Spurs at the end of the game at the AT&T Center on January 30, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Tre Jones Brotherhood

Tre Jones No. 33 of the San Antonio Spurs against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on December 19, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Tre Jones No. 33 of the San Antonio Spurs against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on December 19, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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A poorly kept secret is that Jones is one of several groups of brothers in the NBA. His older brother Tyus plays point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. They are both Minnesota basketball legends and grew up together in Apple Valley. Jones has great respect and appreciation for the fact that they travel around the NBA together. In fact, his first regular season game was against the Grizzlies.

“I feel very lucky to be in this position. Obviously going to my first NBA game and also playing against my brother who is my biggest role model of my life right now,” Jones told USA Today’s Cody Taylor ahead of the rookie debut.

However, it wasn’t until January of that season that the two would finally share the court together.

Jones has had a strong season so far, being one of San Antonio’s only defensemen this year and supporting the team on offense. We are very happy to wish him the happiest birthday ever.

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