Dallas Mavericks player primed for career year: 3. Jalen Brunson
Brunson had a breakout third NBA season where he jumped into the running for Sixth Man of the Year by averaging 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. He is a difficult shot-maker and one of the team’s most efficient scorers.
The 25-year-old enters this season hungry after his playing time decreased in the playoffs, including playing just over ten minutes in two of the final three games. He heard the chatter all offseason that the Mavs need to add a secondary creator. Brunson wants to be more consistent and prove he is ready for significant minutes in both the regular and postseason.
JB is one of the hardest workers on the team, and he added a few new tricks to his bag in the offseason. The 6’1 guard can play on or off the ball and will need to take on a larger scoring role in the second unit with Tim Hardaway Jr. back in the starting five.
Expect Brunson to set new career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game in the final season of his rookie contract. The Dallas Mavericks might want to get an extension done now before Jalen Brunson takes another step forward this year.