Dallas Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson quickly set his place in Rick Carlisle’s rotation. Allow us to discuss the ups and downs of Brunson’s rookie season.
The Dallas Mavericks got an absolute steal by drafting Jalen Brunson in the second round. Punishing NBA draft prospects for their extended collegiate sports experience is a simple protocol in today’s scouting process. Brunson is just the next victim of that analysis.
Imagine the thought of reprimanding an applicant for a similar past professional experience for the new job they seek. Job applications everywhere are currently burning into oblivion.
Jalen Brunson played three seasons with Villanova, two in which were NCAA Championship campaigns. It’s understandable for scouts to use age as a critical factor for gauging players’ floors and ceilings. However, just to put the “less is more” theory in perspective, it’s unnecessary to nearly push a player out of the draft due to their collegiate basketball experience.
The Dallas Mavericks brain trust gifted its fan base a first-round talent with the 33rd overall pick. Brunson wasn’t selected late in the second, but the title-winning point guard was punished due to his age.
Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry‘s free agency departure left a significant void for rookie Jalen Brunson to fill. Brunson made his mark on the Mavericks’ roster during a season in which Luka Doncic dominated the airwaves. He produced 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game in 21.8 minutes a night with sturdy percentages on the year.
Here is a look back at Brunson’s rookie campaign and a grade for his production.