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Tyus Jones named Summer League MVP, heads All-Summer League teams

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Tyus Jones shoots around Memphis Grizzlies’ Keith Steffeck during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


LAS VEGAS — There is only one game left in Summer League, the championship game between the Timberwolves and Bulls on Monday night.

Tyus Jones, fresh off a 29-point performance to get the Timberwolves into the finals, will star in that game.

Jones was also just named the Summer League MVP. Jones averaged 19.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting, plus 6.3 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. He won the award, voted on by select media members.

The list of former Summer League MVPs includes Blake Griffin, John Wall, and Damian Lillard. It also includes Josh Selby and Glen Rice Jr. Last season it was the Spurs’ Kyle Anderson.

Jones, a point guard out of Duke, will be entering his second NBA season after getting in just 37 games for Minnesota last season. With the Timberwolves drafting Kris Dunn — who looked very good in two games in Las Vegas before suffering a concussion — and having Ricky Rubio on the roster, Jones needs to impress to get his minutes next season.

Jones headlines the All-NBA Summer League teams (also selected by the media). Here is who made the teams:

All-NBA Summer League First Team
Tyus Jones (Minnesota)
Jordan McRae (Cleveland)
Bobby Portis (Chicago)
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia)
Alan Williams (Phoenix)

All-NBA Summer League Second Team
Jaylen Brown (Boston)
Thon Maker (Milwaukee)
Kelly Oubre Jr. (Washington)
Norman Powell (Toronto)
Tyler Ulis (Phoenix)