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Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson is taking a massive third-year leap

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

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson has taken a clear leap

Jalen Brunson has broken out this season, recording career-highs in points (12.8), rebounds (3.6), assists (3.5), and steals (0.6) per game. All while shooting a career-high 52.3 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from three. He’s gone from a career average of 21.5 minutes per game to 25.4 minutes this season. This has allowed him to elevate his game to another level.

Jalen Brunson has been one of the most efficient guards in the entire NBA. Brunson ranks 27th in the league in effective field goal percentage and 27th in true shooting percentage.

Coach Rick Carlisle had this to say about Brunson after practice on April 6.

"“With Jalen and Tim Hardaway coming off the bench, we essentially have, you know, seven starters, which is a good situation for us.”"

Carlisle isn’t wrong when he calls those two starters. In 11 starts with the Mavs, Brunson has averaged 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.6 steals on 57.4 percent shooting from the field, 77.6 percent on his free throws, and 42.8 percent from three.

Brunson’s per-36 minute stats prove that he could be a starter. He may be one in Dallas if Luka Doncic was not there playing the same position.

Next: Improved skills

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