Best passer: Tyus Jones
There is a reason Tyus Jones is in line to get the starting role in the crowded backcourt of the Washington Wizards. He is a master of taking care of the ball and never turning it over. He may not be the flashiest passer but he is nonetheless a creative one.
Jones may have gone under the radar amidst all the transaction and rebuilding buzz in Washington this summer, but he has the chance to be the breakout player for the Wizards in the 2023-24 season. He has consistently been one of the best assist-to-turnover players in the NBA, and now he has the ability to showcase it as a starting point guard for a full season for the first time in his career.
Jones was overqualified as a backup point guard in his four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has shown an impressive ability to set the table on offense for his team when he got the chance in Ja Morant’s absences. Now he will have the opportunity to do it for the entire season in Washington. He is arguably the best pick & roll operator on the team, and he will play a huge role in putting Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Poole in favorable positions to score. He should be able to build a nice pick-and-roll chemistry with Daniel Gafford and get him easy buckets around the basket as well.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone if Jones were to average around 8 assists next season, and his name is mentioned in the Most Improved Player conversations.