Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson

25-Year-Old GuardG
Dallas Mavericks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Brunson is coming off the most productive season of his career. The guard occupied a sixth-man role for the third straight year with the Mavericks and averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds -- all career highs. He also reached career marks in field-goal percentage (52.3) and three-point percentage (40.5). That resulted in him ranking 184th in fantasy on a per-game basis. Brunson's role shouldn't change in 2021-22. The Mavericks added a little more depth by signing Reggie Bullock, but that shouldn't cut into Brunson's usage significantly. Fantasy managers in standard leagues can ignore Brunson, and those in deeper formats don't need to pay much attention, either, as he's a low-ceiling player in his projected role. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $6.11 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2018.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jalen Marquis Brunson was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Rick and Sandra Brunson. His parents were both volleyball players at Temple University, and Rick went on to play nine seasons in the NBA. Jalen has a younger sister, Erica. He attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where he was a two-time Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year (2014, 2015) and also was Illinois' Mr. Basketball as a senior in 2015. Brunson averaged 23.3 points, 5.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals as a senior. He led Stevenson to the 2015 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A state championship. Among his other accolades, Brunson was selected as a McDonald's All-American and invited to the Jordan Brand Classic. He was also named first team All-Illinois by the Associated Press for the third time. In his second season in the NBA, Brunson was nominated by the Dallas Mavericks for the November NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his continuous efforts to support children and families across the North Texas community. Learn more about Brunson by following him on Twitter and on Instagram (@jalenbrunson1). There aren't many players in the NBA that boast two NCAA championships, but Brunson is one. The son of Rick Brunson, an NBA player, was a starter for the Villanova Wildcats' 2016 and 2018 championship teams. As a freshman, he was more of a role player and provided 9.6 points and 2.5 assists while playing next to Ryan Arcidiacono and Josh Hart in the Villanova backcourt. The Illinois native played at least 21 minutes in each game in the 2016 Big Dance but did not score more than 12 points. Brunson took on a bigger role as a sophomore and was only held to single-digit scoring in five games. He averaged 14.7 points and 4.1 assists, and hit 37.8 percent of his three-point attempts. The guard helped the Wildcats wins the Big East tournament with 17 points and five assists in the win over Creighton. The squad was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Wisconsin. Brunson pushed his scoring as a senior and led the Wildcats with 18.9 points and 4.6 assists per contest. He connected on a career-high 40.8 percent of his three-point attempts despite the increased responsibility. Brunson scored a career-high 31 points in three games. He scored in double digits in every game except the National Championship, a game in which Michigan held him to nine points. The Wildcats prevailed and the consensus All-American declared for the 2018 NBA Draft with one year of eligibility remaining.

Bounces back Thursday
GDallas Mavericks
January 21, 2022
Brunson finished Thursday's 109-101 loss to the Suns with 19 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes.
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Brunson scored just eight points during Wednesday's win over Toronto, snapping a 25-game streak of scoring in double figures. However, the lefty bounced back Thursday with one of his more efficient shooting performances of the 2021-22 campaign. As a starter this season (21 games), Brunson is averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 33.4 minutes. He's in the midst of a career year and has solidified himself as a consistent fantasy contributor.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Villanova product had a productive rookie season, compiling 9.3 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 73 games, logging 21.8 minutes a night. Brunson shot well, draining 46.7 percent of his field-goal attempts and 34.8 percent of his threes. In 38 starts, Brunson managed 13.0 points, 4.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds, showing that he could perform well in an expanded role. He flashed upside by finishing the season with back-to-back double-doubles with 10 assists, and he recorded at nine games with at least seven dimes. His biggest highlight was a 34-point outing March 12 against the Spurs. Brunson has some potential acting as the top backup to Delon Wright, and it's possible the two actually end up splitting minutes at the point guard spot. All things considered, Brunson can likely be avoided in standard drafts, but he's worth exploring with a late-round flier in deeper formats.
Despite leaving Villanova early after his junior season, Brunson did plenty to elevate the program and helped lead his team to two National Championships. He also captured the AP Player of the Year award and the Wooden Award, so the point guard received plenty of national attention. His final year in college was unsurprisingly his best showing, becoming a dominant scorer from all over the floor. Brunson finished with a team-high 18.9 points per game, while shooting an impressive 52.1 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from the three-point line. He was also solid in the ancillary categories and added 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds across 31.8 minutes. Brunson has been praised for his leadership and NBA readiness, though there are plenty of question marks with his defensive capability at the next level. He's only 6-foot-2, which could present some problems when forced to switch on screens. Either way, Brunson is going to have plenty of time to develop, as he'll have a tough path to significant minutes right away. Dennis Smith is locked into a starter's workload, while Devin Harris re-signed and J.J. Barea is back as well. Both Harris and Barea should be great mentors for Brunson, but will also absorb plenty of backcourt minutes. As a result, look for Brunson to see only spot time off the bench and he could also get some run in the G-League to aid in his development.
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Collects eight assists in wim
GDallas Mavericks
January 18, 2022
Brunson racked up 14 points (5-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 38 minutes during Monday's 104-102 win over Oklahoma City.
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Scores 19 points Saturday
GDallas Mavericks
January 16, 2022
Brunson provided 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists and two steals across 28 minutes during Saturday's 108-92 win over the Magic.
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Stuffs stat sheet in loss
GDallas Mavericks
January 13, 2022
Brunson contributed 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 108-85 loss to the Knicks.
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Another productive performance
GDallas Mavericks
January 10, 2022
Brunson notched 17 points (8-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four rebounds, four assists and one steal across 28 minutes during Sunday's 113-99 victory over Chicago.
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Tallies 15 points Wednesday
GDallas Mavericks
January 5, 2022
Brunson ended with 15 points (6-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), two rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 99-82 win over Golden State.
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