The New York Knicks are the favorites to land Jalen Brunson this offseason. To recap, the Dallas Mavericks drafted Brunson in the second round of the 2018 NBA draft. He was drafted out of Villanova after having a great college career. In his first two seasons, he was a typical bench player averaging just under 10 points per game and playing around 20 minutes per game. In seasons three and four, Brunson improved his game and became a starter. Last season specifically, he put up eye-catching numbers.
Brunson Last Season
In the 2021-2022 NBA season, Jalen Brunson averaged 16.3 points per game, 4.8 assists per game, and 3.9 rebounds per game. On top of these numbers, he ended the season with a solid .549 field goal percentage from the floor. Head coach Jason Kidd couldn’t have asked for much more from the 4th year second-round pick. Brunson was crafty all season long as he was able to shoot off the dribble and create open shots. Not only that, but Brunson put up season highs in points, assists, rebounds, and steals. After an important year for Brunson’s value, he is now an unrestricted free agent going into the 2022-2023 NBA season.
Value and Money
After a strong season last year, Brunson added great value to his name. Rumors are currently buzzing about what the Knicks are planning to offer Brunson. Those rumors believe that the Knicks will offer a four-year contract worth about $110 million. The Knicks are looking to offer him more than the anticipated amount of money. Additionally, during this year’s NBA draft the Knicks traded Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team trade to clear up some salary space for Brunson. The Knicks are confident in Brunson’s ability to fit in and play well in New York right off the bat. The real question though is whether or not Brunson is the right guy for the Knicks.
The Knicks have struggled as a franchise in the last decade, only securing a playoff spot once in the last nine seasons. I believe Jalen Brunson is a great fit for the New York Knicks this upcoming season and is a piece that could help bring them to the playoffs. Brunson is underrated and brings a lot to the table for this Knicks team. He can find an immediate starting role as a point guard now that Kemba Walker is gone. Derrick Rose will be a solid backup for Brunson. As far as shooting guards go, the Knicks have many talented shooting guards to work with such as RJ Barrett, Evan Fournier, and Immanuel Quickley. But, if the Knicks do sign Brunson to a four-year deal, he will without a doubt be a starter for this team.
Last year’s starting lineup consisted of Immanuel Quickley at point guard and Evan Fournier at shooting guard. While RJ Barrett was at small forward, Julius Randle was at power forward, and Mitchell Robinson was at center. Realistically, Brunson will take over one of the guard positions, and Fournier will become the sixth man. The reason Brunson is a great fit is that he adds more depth to their rotation. He is a lefty finesse who has a great mid-range game and was perfect to have on the floor last season when Luka Doncic was out. Brunson is a reliable and consistent piece that the Knicks are desperate for. I believe he will do great things in New York if they do decide to sign him this offseason.