A traditional point is a floor general. He finds open teammates, whips perfect passes to them to maximize the outcome of the play, and if no one is open, he either creates action for himself or creates action that will allow a teammate to succeed. ShawnDre Jones’ 2018-19 season with the Northern Arizona Suns fits that mold.
Jones was acquired by the Suns in late January from the available player pool. He quickly made an impact, making his first career start in just his second game played with the team, averaging 5.0 assists in his first two games.
The 24-year-old used the rest of the year to prove what great court vision he has. Jones finished the year with NAZ at 10.8 assists per 40 minutes, a mark that led the team (next closest was Elie Okobo at 8.3 assists per 40 minutes). Counting his three games with the Canton Charge earlier in the year, he had 10.0 assists per 40 minutes, the sixth highest mark in the league among players who logged five games or more.
He came on late and provided a big spark 💥 @Dre_Ctmd5 had the prettiest dishes and used all of the moves to get to the rack.
ShawnDre Jones Season Highlights 👇 pic.twitter.com/F3miJACuDJ
— NAZ Suns (@nazsuns) April 11, 2019
Jones capped off his season averaging 9.3 assists per game over his last three, tallying 13 points, 14 assists and four rebounds in the season finale. His 14 assists fell just one dime short of the team’s record for assists in a game (15 by De’Anthony Melton at Iowa on Nov. 6, 2018).
At the end of his rookie year in the NBA G League, Jones got his scoring numbers up too. He recorded five double-digit scoring outings in his last six games after not earning one in his first 12 games. Over his last six games, he averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 assists, posting a positive plus-minus mark in each contest.
Jones averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 assists for the Suns in 15 games (two starts). Altogether in 2018-19, he averaged 6.6 points and 3.9 assists in 18 games (two starts), ending his year with his best month in March (9.6 PPG and 5.6 APG).
The University of Richmond product was a great add by NAZ in the middle of the season and can do a number of things well depending on the situation he is put in in the future.