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Dallas Mavericks: 3 players who are ready for an increased role

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Dallas Mavericks player ready for an increased role: 1. Jalen Brunson

Brunson took a massive leap in his third NBA season to put him in the running for Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game which were all career-highs. JB shot 52.3 percent from the field, 40.5 percent on threes, and 79.5 percent from the foul line too. The coveted 50-40-90 season is in reach if Brunson can improve his free throw shooting.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old is just entering his prime and continues to work on his game. Expect to see a few new wrinkles this season. Working with new head coach Jason Kidd should allow Brunson to improve his ball-handling and playmaking chops. The Mavericks desperately need a secondary creator behind Luka Doncic. Brunson stepping up and filling the role plugs a massive hole and could take Dallas to another level.

Jalen Brunson finished fourth in the Sixth Man of the Year balloting last season, and he is primed to be in the running again. Another small step forward could have the 6’1 guard taking home the award as his role on the Dallas Mavericks expands to a new career-high. Brunson only played 25.0 minutes per game last season. More time on the court should lead to more production.

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The Dallas Mavericks need some internal growth if they are going to take another step forward this season. Will they get it? Stay tuned to find out.