Jalen Brunson is the Knicks MVP


James Wheeler | Loving New York

Muhamet Hadzibrahimi

The New York Knicks have finally found their point guard of the future. His name is Jalen Brunson.

President Leon Rose’s most valuable acquisition this offseason raised many eyebrows. The Knicks’ front offices of the past have seen big free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving take their talents to their crosstown rival Brooklyn Nets. This time around, the Knicks secured their free agent.

Jalen Brunson gives the Knicks the right amount of scoring punch and playmaking to set up Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, who are also 20 point per game scorers, respectively. The biggest difference in the Knicks’ offensive sets is how Brunson can maneuver himself in the painted area with shifty footwork and unique layups.

Brunson was not seen as much of a high-level scorer in his time with the Dallas Mavericks averaging only 12 points per game in four seasons played. The major highlight that drew the Knicks’ interest in signing Brunson to a $104 million deal was his play in the 2022 playoffs.

A 41-point game against the Utah Jazz in game two of the first-round matchup cemented the potential Brunson possessed as a go-to scorer. This performance signaled Brunson’s future success with the Knicks.

In January, Brunson is averaging 28 points and a little over five assists, displaying the versatility that the New Jersey native can provide as a passer. In the previous four seasons, Brunson was not capable of fully showing off his playmaking skill set alongside Slovenian superstar, Luka Dončić.

The debate Knicks fans currently talk about is which Knick has made the biggest impact on their team between Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle. Both teammates are in line to become All-Star reserves.

The reason for Julius Randle’s outstanding play this year has to do heavily with the addition of Brunson. Last year, the Knicks had Alec Burks, who naturally plays the shooting guard position, and Kemba Walker, who resembled a shadow of the All-Star player he once was with the Charlotte Hornets.  Also Randle was tasked with doing a lot on offense, causing head coach Tom Thibodeau to offer the then 21-year-old RJ Barrett with an offensive load he was incapable of carrying.

It was clear from the moment Brunson finished playing his first month that he possessed all the skills the Knicks were looking for in a point guard. Gone are the days when the Knicks played average veterans and unequipped rookies.

The answer to the Knicks’ problems offensively is coming in the form of Jalen Brunson.