Who is better for the Mavericks? Kyrie Irving or Jalen Brunson

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Kyrie Irving is the better offensive player but Jalen Brunson is closer than fans think

Over the last four years, Irving has averaged 27.2 points, 5.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 35.9 minutes per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, 39.7 percent on his 3-point attempts, and 91.2 percent from the foul line. He is an elite scorer and arguably the best ball-handler in the world.

Brunson has taken massive leaps since being drafted in the second round in 2018. He had a breakout fourth year with the Mavericks and has gotten even better in New York. JB is averaging 23.9 points, 6.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 0.9 steals in 35.2 minutes per game on 48.7 percent shooting from the field, 41.1 percent on his threes, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Both are producing monster numbers, but Irving is a better scorer, ball-handler, and playmaker. The 30-year-old often brings some drama with him, but Kyrie is one of the ten most talented players in the NBA.

He is an upgrade over Jalen Brunson on the offensive end of the floor, and fans can see that by looking at how the defense reacts to both players. Irving draws double teams and forces defenders to run at him, which opens the floor for others. Brunson is one of the best in the league at scoring with a tiny pocket of space, but defenses are not selling out to stop him with Luka Doncic on the floor.

Kyrie Irving is a better player than Jalen Brunson, but that is not the only thing that the Dallas Mavericks should factor into this equation.