Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson

27-Year-Old GuardG
New York Knicks
GTD
Injury Hand
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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#34
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$Signed a four-year, $156.5 million contract extension with the Knicks in July of 2024.
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.

Inks extension with New York
GNew York Knicks
Hand
July 12, 2024
The Knicks signed Brunson (hand) to a four-year, $156.5 million contract extension Friday that includes a player option in the fourth year, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Brunson was eligible to sign a five-year, $269 million deal in 2025, but his decision to take a pay cut in 2024 will provide the Knicks with cap flexibility as they look to maximize their championship window. The star guard was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2023-24 after averaging 28.7 points, 6.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 35.4 minutes across 77 regular-season appearances. Despite coming up short in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to Indiana, Brunson also had a fantastic playoff run, averaging 32.4 points, 7.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 39.8 minutes across 13 postseason outings. With OG Anunoby already signing a five-year extension this offseason, Brunson's decision could allow New York the ability to retain players like Mikal Bridges long term.
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True Shooting %
59.2%
 
Effective Field Goal %
54.3%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
31.9%
 
Free Throw Rate
30.2%
 
Offensive Rebound %
1.8%
 
Defensive Rebound %
9.7%
 
Total Rebound %
5.7%
 
Assist %
33.7%
 
Steal %
1.2%
 
Block %
0.4%
 
Turnover %
7.2%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
44.0
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
1.2
 
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Brunson enjoyed a career-best season in 2022-23, his first year with the Knicks. He exceeded expectations when he signed with New York as a free agent in the summer of 2022 for $100-plus million if you include his fourth-year player option. But he lived up to the hype, establishing himself as one of the best guards in The Association. Brunson averaged a career-high 24.0 points per game across 68 starts, complementing that with 6.2 assists and 0.9 steals per game, two other career-best marks. Brunson is set to again open the season as New York's starting point guard, acting as the primary playmaker. Even though the Knicks solidified their backcourt in the offseason, nothing suggests Brunson will lose the grip as a top offensive option for the Knicks. He returned fourth-round per-game value in nine-category formats last season. You may have to pay up into the third round this season, but it seems like a fairly safe bet.
After having never averaged more than 25 minutes per game during his first three seasons in the league, the Mavericks unleashed Brunson by letting him average 32 minutes last season. He made the most of his expanded role, providing 16.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 three-pointers per game. From a fantasy perspective, what really set him apart is that he shot 50.2 percent from the field and 84.0 percent from the free-throw line. When the Mavericks began their playoff run, they did so with Luka Doncic injured. Brunson stepped up in his absence, averaging 32.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 three-pointers across three games against the Jazz, shooting 50.7 percent from the field in the process. It showed the type of upside he could have in a leading role, which may have been a key factor in him ultimately cashing in with a big payday with the Knicks. Now, he's an undisputed starter who will be one of the vital building blocks for the Knicks going forward. Julius Randle and RJ Barrett will be his main running mates, and while both are very good players, neither of them garner anywhere near the usage that Doncic does. As the starting point guard and No. 1 option for the Knicks, Brunson will command a significant draft day price.
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.
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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Undergoes left hand surgery
GNew York Knicks
Hand
May 22, 2024
Brunson underwent successful surgery for his left hand fracture Wednesday and will be re-evaluated in 6-to-8 weeks.
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Diagnosed with left hand fracture
GNew York Knicks
Hand
May 19, 2024
Brunson has been diagnosed with a left hand fracture and won't return to Sunday's Game 7 against the Pacers.
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Heads to locker room
GNew York Knicks
Undisclosed
May 19, 2024
Brunson went to the locker room late in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 7 against the Pacers due to an undisclosed injury, Stefan Bondy of The New York Post reports.
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Leads all scorers despite loss
GNew York Knicks
May 18, 2024
Brunson amassed 31 points (11-26 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-9 FT), one rebound and five assists in 38 minutes during Friday's 116-103 loss to Indiana in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
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Scores 44 points in Game 5
GNew York Knicks
May 14, 2024
Brunson finished Tuesday's 121-91 win over the Pacers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals with 44 points (18-35 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four rebounds and seven assists across 43 minutes.
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Unsure about signing extension
GNew York Knicks
July 9, 2024
Brunson, who's recovering from left hand surgery, is unsure about signing an extension with the Knicks this summer, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.
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There's no question that Brunson wants to sign a new deal with the Knicks, but the uncertainty lies in whether to do it this summer or wait an additional 12 months. The differences are massive from a financial perspective. If Brunson signs a new deal this summer, he'd be eligible for a four-year extension worth $156.5 million. However, if he waits until free agency in 2025, he'd be eligible to sign a projected max contract of $269.1 million over five years.
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