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Will Jalen Brunson choose Pistons over Dallas Mavericks this offseason?

Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson / Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Case for Jalen Brunson choosing the Dallas Mavericks in free agency this summer

Brunson has constantly improved during his time in Dallas. His minutes and role have increased every year, and he is now an unquestioned starter that averages over 16 points per game.

The Mavericks are trying to build a yearly title contender around superstar Luka Doncic, and JB fits. He starts next to the team’s superstar in the backcourt and offers them a secondary ball-handler and playmaker. Brunson gets plenty of open looks because Doncic draws the defense.

Dallas plans on winning. They have made the playoff three straight years and want to get better with their 23-year-old superstar leading the way. Brunson could be part of an annual playoff threat in Dallas that is working its way towards title contention.

JB has won at every level in his basketball journey, including two NCAA championships at Villanova, so fans can bet that success is important to him.

Comfort and familiarity also play a factor here. Jalen Brunson has played for the Mavericks for the first four years of his professional career. They were the team that drafted him in the second round and helped him become an NBA starter. JB is a leader in the locker room and a key piece in Dallas. Would he leave all that for a new situation?

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