Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson (shoulder) cleared to return

Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson (shoulder) is fit and ready to play

The Dallas Mavericks were missing multiple players during the restart including backup point guard Jalen Brunson. The 24-year-old injured his shoulder in a Feb. game against the Atlanta Hawks. He planned to rehab and return, but things changed after play was suspended in March. Brunson decided to undergo the surgery.

The 6’1 guard rehabbed hard during the hiatus. There was some hope that could play in Orlando, but the Mavericks decided to keep him Dallas to continue his recovery.

Mavs.com did a piece on Brunson and how he believed things would have been different if the team was fully healthy in the playoffs. Fans got an update on his status too.

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Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (shoulder) is 100 percent and ready to go

It was noted in the piece that Brunson is a full-go and will have no restrictions with the shoulder during training camp. The 24-year-old talks about what the team is hoping to accomplish in 2021. It is clear they want to continue improving and take another step up.

Brunson figures to play a key role as the team’s backup point guard next season. It will be interesting to see if he can carve out more minutes playing next to Luka Doncic. Brunson played just 17.9 per game and the two shared the court for 202 total minutes this season per NBA Stats. That is not enough for JB to play 20-25 a night. Making that combination work is the key to Brunson’s minutes.

Expect Jalen Brunson to come back with a few new wrinkles in his game. He is fully healthy and working. It will be interesting to see what he can add or improve on in 2021. Expect ball-handling, playmaking, shooting, and defense to be his priorities this offseason. Stay tuned to find out what is new.

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