Drafted 33rd overall in the 2018 draft, Brunson played 73 games for the Mavericks in his rookie campaign, starting 38 of them. He averaged 9.3 points, on 47 percent shooting, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 22 minutes per game. The Villanova product also shot 34.8 percent on 2.5 attempts per game from behind the arc and hit a season-high three triples eight times. Though he opened the campaign in a bench role, it wasn't long before Brunson worked his way into a more regular spot in the rotation and ultimately a semi-regular starting role. Through the season's first 19 games, he averaged just 12.1 minutes, but that figure grew to 25.2 the rest of the way. March saw Brunson turn in his finest work, scoring in double digits in 14 of 15 games. He averaged 15.1 points with 4.3 assists across 31 minutes per game during that stretch. During that time, Brunson posted the highest-scoring game of his rookie season, a 34-point effort on 12-of-16 shooting against the Spurs on Mar. 12. All in all, Brunson topped 20 points four times and scored at least 10 points on 34 occasions. He grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds Jan. 5 and notched a pair of 10-assist games, double-doubling on all three occasions.
June 21, 2018Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round (33rd pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft.
July 16, 2018Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks.