The Dallas Mavericks have been up and down this season. It was a slow start followed by a hot stretch, but they have cooled off by losing four of their last five. Since the All-Star break, the Mavs have won 12 of their 22 games. They are finally healthy, which bodes well for the rest of their season.
They currently sit seventh in the stacked Western Conference but should look to lock up a spot in the top six in order to avoid the chaos of the play-in tournament.
Amidst this tumultuous season, third-year Maverick Jalen Brunson has cemented himself as the clear backup for Luka Doncic and has started to insert himself into conversations for Sixth Man of the Year.
Jalen Brunson was a winner before joining the Dallas Mavericks
Brunson has always been a winner. He was Mr. Illinois Basketball in high school and won the FIBA Under 19 MVP in 2015. By 2018, he was already a first-team McDonald’s All-American and the 2018 National College Player of the Year, capping off his collegiate career with two NCAA championships.
Even with all the acclaim, Brunson’s draft stock dropped to the second round where he was selected 33rd by the Mavericks in the 2018.
Looking back now, that 2018 draft class was loaded with talent and we’re just starting to see many of those same players break out. Three years removed, fans can make a case that Brunson should have been taken in the late lottery instead of the second round.
Regardless of where he was drafted, Brunson has proven that he is still that same winning player.
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