Jalen Brunson has been really good and it’s time to talk about it

Jalen Brunson has been really good and it’s time to talk about it

There was a moment in the second quarter, as the Mavericks were building their lead in an eventual 102-92 win against the Grizzlies, that caught my eye. It featured Jalen Brunson, as most Mavericks plays that catch my eye, non-Luka Doncic division, have tended to be. It was a nice little hesitation at the top of the key, before blowing by his defender and scoring at the rim, that made me lean up and go “Oh, OK, that was nice.” Brunson had another night that’s starting to become exceedingly typical for him — 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, 2-of-5 from three, with three assists and a bonus seven rebounds. Entering tonight’s game, he was shooting 51.5 percent from the floor, 38.2 percent from three and 88.9 percent from the free throw line in a little over 24 minutes per game. The Mavericks almost have a legitimate 50/40/90 coming off their bench and for most of the season it’s felt like the reaction has been “yeah, sure, why not.” That’s just sort of how Brunson comes across with his steady game. …
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