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

Jalen Brunson’s versatility and rebounding help the Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson has had a strong showing this season coming off the Mavericks’ bench. He’s upped his scoring and shooting, whilst maintaining his other counting stats and adding to his bag of offensive capabilities.

On April 14 against the Memphis Grizzlies, JB was able to record eight points, eight rebounds, and nine assists to narrowly miss a triple-double. The closest he ever came to flirting with one was in 2019 against the 76ers with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and eight dimes. Games like this highlight his versatility despite being undersized.

The point guard position has had many strong rebounding guards. Brunson is undersized but could improve in this aspect. He has shown the ability to track down loose balls and jumpstart offenses on the break.

Chris Paul and reviled former Mavericks Rajon Rondo are among some of the smaller guards who have been able to put up strong rebounding numbers in their primes. Pelicans guard Josh Hart puts up massive rebounding numbers by way of pure hustle and tenacity.

Brunson may be limited in this area due to his size, but he has shown a knack for getting boards when the Dallas bigs cannot.

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