Jazmine Jones Is The WNBA’s Most Underrated Rookie

Jazmine Jones of the New York Liberty is the WNBA’s most underrated rookie. Drafted No. 12 overall, Jones has been the Liberty’s best rookie this season outside of Sabrina Ionescu’s three-game brilliance.

The Liberty acquired the No. 9, No. 12, and No. 15 picks from the Mystics in exchange for Tina Charles last April. Jones is one of the players acquired using one of those draft picks.

While the most prominent rookies talked about from the class of 2020 are Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally, Chennedy Carter, and Crystal Dangerfield, Jazmine Jones has performed well under the radar.

Ten games into her career, Jones is averaging 10.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.3 steals in 20.5 minutes a night. Jones has scored 10+ points or more in her last five games. Jones is averaging 15.2 points over those five games.

Her scoring is attributed to her elite three-point shooting, as she is hitting .429 percent of her threes. Jones averages 1.9 three-point attempts per game and makes 0.8 of them. Her 3P% is tied with Napheesa Collier for 14th in the WNBA this season. Halfway through her rookie season, Jones already has a professional three-point shot.

The seven rookies on the Liberty to begin the season are all trying to prove that they will have a roster spot next season. Besides obviously Sabrina, Jazmine Jones has shown that she deserves a spot next season on the Liberty. Jones is a guard that the Liberty can try to develop long-term for their next playoff-contending team.

Jones is amongst the Liberty’s stat leaders. Jones is third on the team in points scored, tied for third in rebounds, first in steals, and first in 3P%. Jones is an important part of the Liberty’s rotation.

Like in these highlights, Jones has established herself as an elite three-point shooter capable of making gawky off-balance shots look easy.

If Jones continues to average 15.2 points for the rest of the season, she may be a dark-horse Rookie of the Year candidate.

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