Who replaces Jalen Brunson for the Dallas Mavericks?
The Mavs lost their second-best player when Brunson decided to sign with the Knicks in free agency. He was the team’s second-leading scorer and their number two shot creator. JB could play off Luka Doncic and run the offense when number 77 needed a rest. He was a key cog that kept improving.
The Mavs will miss Brunson this season, but who replaces him? Dallas got nothing in return for the 6’1 guard, and they did not sign a replacement. The Mavericks drafted Jaden Hardy, but the 20-year-old is not ready for significant NBA minutes.
Spencer Dinwiddie will take Brunson’s place in the starting five, and he figures to play JB’s role from last season. He will start next to Luka before staggering to lead the second unit. Dinwiddie is quicker than Brunson and has the ability to get all the way to the rim.
Having Dinwiddie step up means someone will have to fill his role. The leading candidate is Frank Ntilikina, but the former lottery pick is likely overmatched with the additional responsibility.
Who replaces Brunson as the Mavericks' second-leading scorer? Christian Wood, Dinwiddie, and Tim Hardaway Jr. are all likely to average over 15 points per game, and Dallas will do it by committee. The Mavs may be able to replace Brunson’s production, but his departure left the team facing a bigger question.