- Personal Information:
- Name: Jalen Marquis Brunson
- Date of Birth: August 31, 1996
- Age: 27 years
- Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
- Rick Brunson
- Sandra Brunson
- Erica Brunson
- Marital Status:
- Married to Ali Marks
- Met in high school
- Marriage Date: July 2023
- Career and Teams:
- Current Teams:
- New York Knicks:
- Position: Point guard, Shooting guard
- Jersey Number: #11
- Duration: Four years (from 2022)
- Total Value: $104 million
- Annual Salary: $26 million
- United States national basketball team:
- Position: Guard
- Jersey Number: #11
- New York Knicks:
- Previous Teams and Joining Dates:
- Dallas Mavericks: Joined in July 2018
- Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball: Joined in 2015
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2018
- Round: 2
- Pick: 33
- Current Teams:
- Family’s Basketball Affiliation:
- Father’s NBA Career: Played from 1995-2006
- Father’s Current Position: Assistant Coach for the New York Knicks
- Physical Details:
- Height: 1.88 m
- Other Details:
- Net Worth: $1.5 million (As per WealthyGorilla)
- Shoe Size: 9 (US)
Jalen Brunson Stats
- Team: Dallas Mavericks (DAL), New York Knicks (NY)
- Games Played (GP): 345
- Games Started (GS): 195
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 26.7
- Points (PTS): 14.3 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 49.3% (5.4-11.0)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 38.6% (1.2-3.1)
- Free Throws (FT): 81.2% (2.2-2.8)
- Rebounds (REB): 3.1 RPG
- Assists (AST): 4.2 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 0.1 BPG
- Steals (STL): 0.6 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 1.8 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.4 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 4919
- Field Goals (FG): 1866-3783
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 415-1075
- Free Throws (FT): 772-951
- Rebounds (REB): 1084
- Assists (AST): 1455
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 2.9
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.4
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.300
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.55
- Double Doubles (DD2): 18
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 0
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 3
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 1
- Disqualifications (DQ): 2
- Ejections (EJECT): 0
Jalen Brunson has marked his presence with remarkable performance both in the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks. His ability to maintain consistent scoring, assisting, and overall contribution makes him an asset to his team.
Jalen Brunson 2023-24 Profile
Last season, Jalen Brunson — the 6 foot 2, 190 pound Point Guard for the New York Knicks — solidified himself as one of the NBA’s most improved players. While Brunson shines as a physical, left-handed court facilitator who can bulldoze his way into the paint, people seemed to be most impressed with the leadership Brunson showed during his first season with the Knicks. Now the question is whether Brunson will be able to round out his game even further, and lead the Knicks into the deep playoff run their fan base so badly desires.
In this article, we’ll discuss Jalen Brunson’s general information, his pre-NBA background, his NBA career so far, and what we can expect from him during the 2023-24 season.
Jalen Brunson General Information
Jalen Marquis Brunson was born on August 31, 1996, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. His parents are Rick and Sandra Brunson. Rick, Jalen’s father, played in the NBA from 1995-2006 and is currently an Assistant Coach for the New York Knicks. Jalen Brunson is married to Ali Marks, his longtime, physical therapist girlfriend whom he met in high school. The couple were married in July 2023.
In June 2022, Jalen Brunson signed a four-year, $104 million contract with the New York Knicks, which is an annual salary of $26 million. Brunson’s net worth is $1.5 million, according to WealthyGorilla.
Brunson wears jersey number 11, and is a size 9 (US) shoe.
Jalen Brunson Background
Although Jalen Brunson was born in New Jersey, he attended Stevenson high school in Lincolnshire, Illinois — where he was selected as the 2014 Illinois Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year after his junior season. As a senior at Stevenson, Brunson participated in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic, and won the 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year Award. On September 10, 2014, Brunson announced his commitment to play college basketball at the University of Villanova.
Brunson excelled at Villanova right away. As a freshman, he started in every game except one and averaged 9.6 points, 2.5 assists, and 0.7 steals per game. His Villanova Wildcats went on to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2015-16 NCAA National Championship Game, by a score of 77-74.
After averaging 14.7 points and 4.1 assists during his sophomore season, Brunson’s Villanova entered the 2016-17 NCAA tournament as a #1 seed. They won their 1st round game before being upset by Wisconsin in the 2nd round. After the loss, Brunson decided to return to Villanova for his junior year.
Brunson had perhaps the most decorated junior season out of any college basketball player of all time. He was a consensus first-team All-American, and was also awarded the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Associated Press National College Basketball Player of the Year, the Naismith College Player of the Year, the John R. Wooden Award, the NABC Player of the Year, the CBS Sports National Player of the Year, the Bob Cousy Award, and the Sporting News Player of the Year. His Villanova team also won the 2017-19 NCAA National Championship.
After his junior season ended, Brunson declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. He was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd round, with the 33rd overall pick.
In 2019, Brunson was named the College Basketball Player of the Decade by Sporting News.
Brunson’s NBA Career So Far
While Jalen Brunson had a successful start to his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks, his progress was halted because — in the same 2018 Draft where he was selected — the Mavericks acquired 3rd overall pick Luka Dončić, who plays the same position as Brunson and who quickly became an NBA superstar. Still, Brunson put together a solid rookie season, averaging 9.3 points, 3.2 assists, and 0.5 steals per game. Brunson was injured for a good portion of his second season, as he dealt with a labrum injury in his right shoulder.
Brunson’s career came to life during his third year. During that 2020-21 season, he averaged 12.6 points, 3.5 assists, and 0.5 steals per game, and shot 40.5% from three-point range. He finished 4th in NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting that season.
The Mavericks decided to start both Brunson and Dončić during the 2021-22 season, and Brunson’s stats improved further because of it. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 assists per game that year, and the Mavericks made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors.
That offseason is when Brunson signed his four-year, $104 million deal with the New York Knicks — and he soon proved that contract was a worthy investment. He won NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month in February, and led the Knicks to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the Miami Heat. In total, Brunson averaged a spectacular 24 points, 6.2 assists, and shot 41.6% from three point range in 2022-23.
Jalen Brunson 2023-24 Season Forecast
Jalen Brunson is now a surefire NBA superstar going into the 2023-24 NBA season. After the impressive season he put together last year, Knicks fans are expecting Brunson to carry their team deep into the Eastern Conference playoffs. If Brunson stays healthy, he’s almost guaranteed to put up similar stats as he did last year — if not improve upon them. The question, however, is whether other players on the Knicks will step up beside him. While New York boasts numerous talented players, the NBA is a league of superstars — and the team doesn’t have another superstar aside from Brunson. Considering how solid the Eastern Conference is, this will likely keep the team from making the NBA Finals.
I do expect Brunson to be an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2023-24, and he might be in contention for some other awards by season’s end. What’s for sure is that Jalen Brunson has developed into one of the NBA’s most exciting point guards, and his seems prosperous headed into this season.
Jalen Marquis Brunson is a professional basketball player for the New York Knicks in the NBA.
Jalen Brunson was born on August 31, 1996, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.
Jalen Brunson wears jersey number #11 for the New York Knicks.
Jalen Brunson has played for the Dallas Mavericks, Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball, and currently for the New York Knicks.
Brunson’s career averages include 14.3 points per game, 49.3% field goal shooting, 3.1 rebounds per game, and 4.2 assists per game.
In the 2022-23 season, Jalen Brunson had an impressive performance, averaging 24 points, 6.2 assists, and shooting 41.6% from the three-point range. He led the Knicks to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Jalen Brunson signed a four-year contract with the New York Knicks worth $104 million.
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