Internal way Dallas Mavericks can improve this offseason: 2. Brunson’s scoring
Jalen Brunson is one of the craftiest scorers in the NBA. The 6’1 guard is a career 71.9 percent shooter inside three feet, and he shot a deadly 52.1 percent from five to 14 feet last season. Brunson drives inside, hits the defender with a couple of fakes, and gets a bucket. He has flummoxed even the best defenders with his craftiness inside the arc.
JB took a massive leap in his fourth NBA season where he became a full-time starter and the team’s second-leading scorer. The 25-year-old proved it was no fluke as he led the Mavericks to two wins in the first three postseason games without Luka Doncic in the lineup. Brunson averaged 21.6 points over the team’s playoff run as he took his game to another level.
If JB enters the season as the Mavs second star, they will need him to average 18-plus points per game, while maintaining his efficiency. Coach Kidd will stagger the minutes, so Brunson can lead the second unit.
The 6’1 guard has plenty of tricks in his bag, but just like Luka Doncic, expect Brunson to come back next season with something fresh. It allows them to keep defenders guessing and makes it easier to drop 20 no matter the opponent.