Why Dallas Mavericks need to extend Jalen Brunson: 2. Shooter
The Mavs have a dearth of shot creators on their roster. Superstar Luka Doncic is one of the best in the NBA in that category, but his supporting cast lacks additional options. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jalen Brunson are the two other players that are relied on to create looks. Dallas inked new deals with Doncic and THJ this summer, but they need JB too.
Brunson is quickly becoming one of the best difficult shot makers in the league as he hits something nearly every night that looks impossible. See an example from Game 2 of the Mavericks' first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers below.
No matter how much talent Dallas acquires, having a shot creator on the bench that can come in and get buckets is massive. The Mavericks are building around Luka Doncic having the ball in his hands with shooters around him. Brunson shot over 40 percent from 3-point range last season and has no issues playing without the ball. The fit is not perfect on the defensive end of the floor, but the duo can play well together.
The Dallas Mavericks need Jalen Brunson for his on-court talent, but the most important reason lies on their cap sheet.