Kyrie Irving can take over in the 4th quarter to give him an edge over Jalen Brunson
Irving is the best fourth-quarter scorer in the NBA this season, and fans have seen him lift the Dallas Mavericks when Luka Doncic needs a rest. That is not something that has happened much during number 77’s five years in Dallas. Irving is lights out in the final period, and he gives the Mavericks a chance to win every night.
Kyrie Irving is the better player. In The Ringer’s latest rankings, Irving sat 24th and Brunson check in 40th. Most would assume there is a bigger gap between the two players given Kyrie is an eight-time All-Star, and JB was never made the team. Both are exceptional talents, but Irving is a superstar.
The Dallas Mavericks gave up Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, and three draft picks to acquire Kyrie. They would have been better off re-signing Jalen Brunson and trading those assets for a third star. The mistake of letting JB walk in free agency with zero return with haunt the Mavs in the playoffs. They do not have enough defense to make a deep run, and it all comes back to losing Brunson.
The Mavericks are positioned for success if they can keep Kyrie Irving long-term. The 30-year-old point guard is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and will be free to sign with any team. Could Dallas lose their second-best player in free agency two years in a row? The nightmare scenario is a possibility this summer.