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Mavericks: Jalen Brunson is using lack of playmaking chatter as motivation

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The Dallas Mavericks started the 2021-2022 season on Monday with media day. Fans got to hear from head coach Jason Kidd and a host of players at the start of a new journey. The Mavs want to make a deep playoff run in 2022, and media day was the first step with training camp kicking off on Tuesday.

There has been a ton of chatter this offseason about the Mavericks adding another playmaker to complement Luka Doncic. The team’s offense struggled when their 22-year-old superstar went to the bench in the postseason, so Dallas targeted Kyle Lowry this offseason, and supporters continue to hear rumors about acquiring Goran Dragic. The Mavs could already have that player on their roster, though.

Jalen Brunson is using the chatter as motivation to keep expanding and improving his game. Let us take a closer look at a couple of quotes from media day and what they could mean for JB this season.

Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson is using chatter as motivation

JB was asked about how he feels when pundits say the Mavs need a secondary playmaker, and fans can see his answer below.

"Yeah, I feel like I’m a playmaker. Obviously, it is impossible not to see what people say, just nod your head and keep on moving that is all I can do."

Brunson noted that he wants to work on every part of his game to continue improving. He did not shy away from his playoff struggles and plans on making a larger impact this season. JB also had this to say about where he can improve.

"I really believe everything comes from your confidence, your work ethic, and so, I find those things go hand-in-hand. I don’t want to say I lost confidence, but I just know how hard I work. I just have to keep that same level of mentality throughout the entire series. Whenever I am on the court that has to be my mindset. I’ve always preached that and going forward, there are little things I can make changes to that can really just help me. Not just during the playoffs, but in my game in general. Taking a leap from year three to year four is just consistency."

Brunson is locked in and ready for a career year. He was one of many players who discussed the positive impact new head coach Jason Kidd and his staff have had on the Dallas Mavericks thus far. JB appears excited to get rolling and showcase his skills. Expect the 25-year-old to take another step forward this season as he helps Dallas compete for a top-four seed in the Western Conference.

Can Jalen Brunson get it done in the playoffs? He plans on proving to fans and pundits that he can, but the 6’1 guard will have to wait until April. Expect the noise to keep him motivated all season, and that should be exciting for supporters.

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