Alexis Jones strolled through the player tunnel sporting her signature t-shirt moments before the home opener at Staples Center.
“Make ‘Em Believe,” her shirt read.
The Los Angeles Sparks guard was ready to make her first career start – with a new team in a new arena. But she still stood by her same slogan.
Jones would dish out four assists in 15 minutes of action, lifting the Sparks to a 77-70 win over the Connecticut Sun.
“I’m super excited to be in LA. How could you not want to be in LA?” -Sparks guard Alexis Jones
The Baylor alum spent her first two seasons with the Minnesota Lynx after getting drafted 12th overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft. Jones averaged 2.6 points off the bench in 7.3 minutes during her rookie season, but played an important role for the Lynx during their 2017 championship run, shooting 38% on 3-pointers and 86% from the free-throw line.
After getting traded to Los Angeles prior to the 2019 season, the 5-foot-9 guard logged 11 points and five assists in her first game as a Spark in the preseason game against the Phoenix Mercury. Jones shot 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, contributing to the Sparks’ 11-made 3-pointers.
“Alexis is a talented point guard who can stretch the defense with her 3-point shooting,” said Penny Toler, the Sparks’ Executive Vice President and General Manager, when Jones was signed. “She has already shown flashes of great play at both ends of the court. She brings playoff and championship experience in winning the WNBA championship in 2017. She will be a great addition to our backcourt.”
In her third season in the league, Jones notched her first double-digit scoring performance of the season in a win over the New York Liberty on June 4, logging 10 points on an efficient 4-of-6 from the field.
Off the court, Jones has also made an impact on the younger generation.
Team Lex – a girls club basketball team part of the Team Oklahoma Basketball Club and the Texas Elite Basketball Club – is a team named after Jones. She recently attended one of their practices where she handed out t-shirts to each member of the team.
The Midland, Texas native ends nearly every social media post with the hashtag “#makeembelieve.” She also led Make ‘Em Believe Camp in Dallas, Texas during the offseason where she not only served as a leader for young girls, but also grew the influence of the slogan she lives by.
In her free time, Jones enjoys shopping, especially for new shoes. Her collection of sneakers is a staple to her wardrobe, and for her and many of her teammates, the players tunnel is like a runway. Jones said in her few months adjusting to the new city, she’s enjoyed it so far.
“I’m super excited to be in LA,” Jones said. “There’s way more things to do and way more opportunities.”
She added: “How could you not want to be in LA?”