Game Dallas Mavericks fans cannot miss in 2022-2023 season: 2. JB’s return
Matchup: New York Knicks at Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Losing Jalen Brunson and getting zero back in return was a massive blow to the Mavs. Their front office deserves all the blame after failing to offer him a four-year extension worth $55.6 million last summer. JB signed for nearly double that figure to play for the Knicks. Yes, he broke out last season, but having Brunson making around $14 million per year would have been a steal, even 12 months ago.
Now, Brunson is in New York, and the Mavericks are still searching for another ball-handler and playmaker. Dallas will certainly miss the 25-year-old guard this season, but the opportunity to play with his family in the Big Apple was just too good to pass up. JB is paid like a star player, and the Knicks are hoping he becomes one in New York.
Brunson returns to Dallas just two days after Christmas for his first matchup against Luka Doncic. The Knicks have dominated the series since number 77 joined the Mavs, but can they keep that going after signing JB? The Mavericks have not defeated New York in Dallas since 2017, so expect Doncic to be locked in as he looks to dominate his old friend.
Expect plenty of fireworks when the Knicks come to the American Airlines Center for a cannot miss game on Dec. 27.