Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson has shoulder surgery

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson decided to have shoulder surgery on March 13. Find out the latest update on his status here.

The Dallas Mavericks faced the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 22. It was the second night of a back-to-back, and Luka Doncic was out. That meant Jalen Brunson drawing the start in his place.

Brunson performed well as a starter in his second season. He averaged 12.6 points and 5.1 assists per in his 16 starts. It was not a good night in Atlanta, though.

Brunson was injured driving to the basket just 12 seconds into the game. He suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the next ten contests. The NBA went on suspension after that.

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The 23-year-old guard decided to have surgery on his torn labrum, the Mavericks PR announced on March 13. Fans can see their tweet below.

The release mentions that there is no firm timetable for his return. According to Tim MacMahon, Brunson planned to continue playing and have surgery after the season. The suspension likely pushed him to have the surgery. Coach Carlisle had this to say about Brunson following his procedure.

It is hard to blame him for having the surgery. There is no guarantee that the season resumes. Commissioner Adam Silver updated fans on March 12 that play would be suspended for at least 30 days. It could be longer or canceled altogether, though. Fans are just waiting for updates at this time.

The Mavericks have a special talent in Jalen Brunson, but he was limited to 17.9 minutes per game this season. The point guard is used primarily as the backup to Luka Doncic. That is always going to mean limited minutes and production. It will be interesting to see if the Mavs explore playing him next to Luka more or trading Brunson to maximize his value. It is a good problem for the Mavericks to have.

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