Dallas Mavericks: 5 reasons for optimism after a slow start

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Why Dallas Mavericks fans should be optimistic: 5. Brunson’s breakout

Jalen Brunson missed the Walt Disney World restart after undergoing shoulder surgery during the hiatus. The Mavs needed his playmaking, but it created an opportunity for Trey Burke to shine. Brunson did not travel to Orlando as he opted to finish his rehab in Dallas.

The move is paying dividends so far. JB was forced to quarantine and missed four games but has otherwise been spectacular. He averages 11.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 23.7 minutes per game. Brunson is shooting 51.4 percent from the field, 39.3 percent on his threes, and 89.8 percent from the free-throw line. All three marks would set new career-highs as the 24-year-old point guard attempts to join the 50-40-90 club.

Brunson made multiple key clutch shots in the Mavericks win over the Atlanta Hawks on Feb. 11. See a beautiful drive and finish below.

The Dallas Mavericks have been searching for a playmaker that can play alongside Luka Doncic. Someone that can lighten his offensive burden a bit. Brunson is having a breakout season and could be ready to occupy that role. Fans should be optimistic that he is taking another step forward and is ready to assume more responsibility. JB is a winning player that will help Dallas in the playoffs.

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