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Jalen Brunson NBA Draft Breakdown

Garrett Furubayashi

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Age: 21

Position: Guard

College: Villanova

Measurables

Height w/o Shoes: 6’1”

Height w/ Shoes: 6’2.25”

Weight: 198.4

Wingspan: 6’4”

Standing Reach: 8’0”

Max Vertical: 37”

College Statistics (2017/2018)

MPG: 31.8

PPG:18.9

RPG: 3.1

ASTPG: 4.6

TOVPG:1.8

FT%: 80.2%

2-PT FG%: 59.9%

3-PT FG%: 40.8%

Comparisons: Mark Jackson, Derek Fisher,

3 Things to Know

  1. Highly efficient offensive player (1.149 PPP in the 98%)
  2. Good jump shooter who has shown range
  3. Athletic constraints limit his potential

Strengths

–       A great example of a floor general who can lead a team

–       Takes care of the ball (Only 1.8 TOVPG)

–       High basketball IQ and moves the ball around really well

–      Uses excellent footwork to create on offense and mask lack of physical gifts

–      Excellent post up skills and the ability for a guard  

Weaknesses

–       Struggles with lateral quickness and guarding faster guards

–      Lacks a quick first step or burst to create separation

–      A bit undersized for a pro-typical guard in the NBA

–      Has trouble getting through ball screens at times

Summary

Jalen Brunson could be one of the most efficient and smartest players in this draft class. The 21-year-old junior out of Lincolnshire, Illinois was an immediate contributor on Jay Wright’s team after choosing to play at Villanova in the class of 2015. Brunson was a highly ranked prep star after being selected as a McDonald’s All-American and coming in at number 16 on ESPN’s top 100 list. His college resume gets even better as he helped Villanova win 2 national championships during his 3 years as a Wildcat while winning Big East Player of the Year this past season by averaging 18.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, and shooting 52.1% from the field. Brunson has found so much success on the court thanks to his incredible leadership skills and his ability to get everyone involved on offense. His high basketball IQ and great ball protection allow him to be extremely productive and constantly find a good shot on the floor as evident by his average of 1.149 points per possession, which is ranked in the 98% in the country. When Brunson has the ball in his hand, he uses great footwork and technique to create space when shooting and driving. Also, Brunson’s advanced skills and knowledge in the post will be a plus for NBA teams who want to create spacing and stretch their bigs out. Brunson plays hard and has the fire to be a great NBA player, but the only thing stopping him might be his physical limitations. He’s a bit undersized for a pro-typical and average NBA guard and his lack of athleticism and quickness might start to show against some of the bigger and quicker NBA guards. Overall, Brunson might not have star potential but he can still find his niche and role in the NBA due to his maturity, calm demeanor, and playmaking ability. Look for Brunson to be selected anywhere during the late first round.

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