The Dallas Mavericks are not where they want to be in the standings, but third-year point guard Jalen Brunson is having a breakout season. The 24-year-old averages 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 24.7 minutes per game. He is shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 41.9 percent on 3-pointers. Brunson is getting more minutes because of his outstanding play.
He got the postgame interview after the team’s win in Orlando on March 1. Brunson talked about how his work ethic gives him the confidence to perform at this level. JB is one of the hardest workers on the team.
Brunson also made some changes to his diet. He talked about that and how the pandemic has brought about adjustments in NBA player’s dining as part of a piece written by Rob Mahoney on The Ringer. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson on his diet and changes in NBA dining
The article focuses on how teams have been forced to switch from heading out to restaurants to eating hotel room service during the pandemic. Brunson dishes on some of his favorite things to order. He talks about his love for sushi and the changes he made to his eating habits. Brunson eats fish and mostly plant-based diet now.
Chris Paul credits his career-resurgence the last two seasons on eating a plant-based diet. The switch appears to have dividends for Brunson as well. He has quickly become one of the most underrated players in the NBA.
Brunson is averaging 27.9 minutes a night over the last eight games. He continues to earn more playing time by producing on the court. Fans should keep an eye on his minutes after the All-Star break. Can he push over 30 a night? Do the Mavericks view him as a starting option at some point? Will the minutes and production fall off? Stay tuned to find out.