Dallas Mavericks: Grading Jalen Brunson’s 2019-2020 season

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Jalen Brunson averaged 8.2 points and 3.3 assists in 17.9 minutes per game this season. At first glance, it looks like his numbers plateaued or dropped from his rookie campaign. That does not factor in that he played fewer minutes, though. In per-36, Brunson improved his scoring and rebounding.

A minute’s decrease is never positive, but his happened more as a matter of additions to the team and not poor play.

Brunson improved his 3-point percentage to 35.8 which was above the league average. He also sank 81.3 percent of his free throws. That was up from 72.5 percent as a rookie. JB did well finishing inside too. He took 43.6 percent of his shots within ten feet of the basket. Brunson connected on 55.1 percent of those attempts.

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His advanced metrics improved this year. Brunson produced 1.6 offensive win shares which ranked 139th in the NBA. He also had a positive offensive box score plus-minus. In ESPN’s offensive real plus-minus, Brunson ranked 74th in the league with 0.90.

Offensive grade: B-

Jalen Brunson played well on the offensive end of the floor despite receiving limited minutes. In the 20 games where he played over 20 minutes, Brunson averaged 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in 28.0 minutes. Add it all up and Brunson deserves a B-minus on the offensive end of the floor.

Next: Defensive grade