The Dallas Mavericks remade their coaching staff after Rick Carlisle stepped down in the summer of 2021 following a second straight first-round playoff exit. Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd took over as head coach and brought in a new staff. The move had plenty of skeptics when it was announced, but Kidd has been outstanding and has the Mavs playing their best basketball since Luka Doncic arrived in 2018.
J-Kidd has improved the team’s defense and inserted Jalen Brunson into the starting lineup next to Doncic. It gives Dallas two playmakers on the floor and makes things easier for their superstar. The Mavs are currently fifth in the Western Conference but are 20-7 since the calendar flipped to 2022.
One of the Mavs key offseason addition was Jared Dudley. Fans can read more on his impact as he transitioned from player to assistant coach this summer. The feature was fantastic, but also clued fans in on what Jalen Brunson wants to do after his playing career ends. Here is a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson wants to coach after he retires
Brunson gave a telling quote about Dudley in the piece by Isaac Harris.
"I’ve talked to JD a little bit about the transition from a player to a coach. Coaching might be something in my future. I think the transition he is going through will help me. Just watching him from that aspect, how he is connecting with the guys. He is someone we can all look towards because he has been through the fire."
It should come as no surprise that Brunson is thinking about coaching after his playing days. His father, Rick, was an NBA assistant for more than a decade with four different teams before taking over as the head coach of Camden High School in 2019. Brunson is like a coach on the floor, and he will excel in whatever he decides to pursue after his playing career ends.
Jalen Brunson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Dallas Mavericks need to find a way to re-sign him. The 25-year-old point guard continues to improve and has transformed himself into a key piece of the Mavs success. Expect the two sides to work out a deal, and JB to continue to excel.
Coaching may be in his future, but his playing days are far from done, so stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on Jalen Brunson and the Dallas Mavericks.