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Dallas Mavericks: 5 bold predictions for the 2021-22 season

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Bold prediction for 2021-2022 Dallas Mavericks: 4. Brunson wins 6th Man of the Year

Jalen Brunson helped Villanova win two NCAA Championships in his three seasons of college basketball before being drafted in the second round in 2018. He immediately came to the NBA and earned a place in the rotation. That role expanded last year during his breakout third season as JB averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 25.0 minutes per game.

Brunson finished fourth in Sixth Man of the Year voting in 2021, but he was not close to winning. The 25-year-old did not earn a first-place vote and finished 340 points behind eventual winner and Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson.

JB enters this season motivated and hungry to prove the doubters that say the Dallas Mavericks need another creator wrong. He is also in a contract year. The Mavs signed him to a four-year rookie deal but did not leave themselves the option to make him a restricted free agent next summer. Brunson will be free to sign with any team unless an extension is worked out during the 2021-2022 season.

Jalen Brunson builds on his third-year breakout and takes his game to another level this season in head coach Jason Kidd’s system. The Dallas Mavericks are emphasizing movement and unselfishness, which fits into Brunson’s game. He averages 14 points and five dimes a night on his way to winning Sixth Man of the Year.