Case against the Dallas Mavericks starting Jalen Brunson
The Mavs need Brunson on the floor when Luka Doncic is not. Both players being on the bench at the same time has only happened late in the fourth quarter in each of the three games Dallas lost by 15-plus. The team just does not have another playmaker capable of running the offense for a sustained period.
When Brunson starts, fans have seen coach Jason Kidd go to his bench early to get JB a rest, so he can return with approximately two minutes left when Doncic needs to be subbed out. Then, Brunson leads the second unit and the stagger continues throughout the game with both players on the floor to start the third and in crunch time.
It is easier to stagger their minutes when JB comes off the bench, but also makes it harder to get him significant playing time. Brunson has been the Dallas Mavericks' second-best player through eight games, and he is deserving of starter’s minutes. Kidd has to work him in early if he comes off the bench, which is easier said than done.
Jalen Brunson has been fantastic so far this season, so the case against starting him is based on minutes’ patterns and maximizing the Dallas Mavericks' offense by staggering him with Luka Doncic.