Jones Named Summer League MVP

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Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves 81 Toronto Raptors 79: Sometimes the result is all that matters in these Summer League games, especially when the Toronto Raptors get robbed with a bogus call with 1.1 seconds remaining and the game tied, allowing the Timberwolves to poach the win.

The former Kentucky standout is averaging 15.2 points per game, averaging 6.2 assists per game and shooting 46.2 percent from the floor in five games so far for the Summer League Suns.

After a slow start to his National Basketball Association career - Jones played only 10 of the Timberwolves' first 54 games and averaged only 11 minutes per game - he picked up steam as the season went on.

LAS VEGAS, July 17, 2016 - Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, while nine additional players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members.

Jones was the first freshman ever to claim Final Four MOP honors and averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in his lone season with the Blue Devils.

This time around, with head coach Earl Watson preaching patience and embracing failure, there's more room for the Summer Suns' young core to carry their momentum forward into the regular season.

Suns guard Devin Booker, who played the first two games in Las Vegas, was not eligible in the voting because he did not play the required three games.

Ulis, who sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Saturday to move the Suns into Sunday's semifinal, has been so impressive that the Suns' staff cut up clips of him fighting through screens as a demonstration of what Bjorkgren wants the rest of the team to do.

In Scott's latest game against the Utah Jazz he had two points and a rebound while playing six minutes. Adreian Payne is averaging 14.6 points per game and went 8-of-17 from the field against the Suns.

Stay tuned for Summer League grades on Sunday. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 assists per game in those appearances, and he did so with some paltry Timberwolves lineups as a backup for Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio. Spencer Dinwiddie, Christiano Felicio and Jerian Grant have all scored at least 10 points per game. He quickly raced in bounds, got the ball back, and got a shot off from deep three-point range. With Booker on the court, this couldn't have been Ulis' team.

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