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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

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson is a skilled playmaker

This potential extends to Brunson’s passing. Maybe comparing him to CP3 and Rondo is blatantly unfair, but if fans watch Jalen play enough. they can see the bread crumbs of a star player.

He always makes the smart pass. Most of his passing highlights involve him finding a cutting Dorian Finney-Smith or Dwight Powell for an easy score.

He can misdirect defenders with his body control and execute the drive and kick with ease to Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, or Tim Hardaway Jr. With his more drive-heavy play style this year, Brunson’s added even more creative passes with no-looks out of his dribble and sharp bounce passes when the defense collapses.

Playing alongside the Mavericks superstar should also continue to up his assists. Doncic demands a double or at least has the entire attention of the opposing defense, so the two-man game Luka and Brunson have developed has been a joy to watch.

Watch any game where Luka has to sit and Jalen is given the keys to the offense to find that Brunson delivers in full. The 3.5 assists do not do his passing game any justice, and JB is the Mavs’ second-best passer.

Next: Brunson's player comparison

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