The New York Knicks surprised absolutely nobody by inking former Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson to a massive deal as soon as free agency began.
For weeks, all the talks were that Brunson was headed to the Knicks on a considerable offer, which happened just as we expected.
Sure, it wasn’t Donovan Mitchell as some fans were hoping for, but Brunson is a solid player and has a chance to blossom into an All-Star with a starting role in New York.
Brunson is wasting no time getting the fans excited, either. He suited up at the Rumph Classic in Philadelphia, a charity event at La Salle University.
Well, Brunson caught fire on Thursday night and dropped 28 points with a bunch of eye-popping plays.
👀 @jalenbrunson1 posted 28 points in the opening night of the @RumphClassic in Philadelphia! pic.twitter.com/JU7nuDV523
— NBA (@NBA) August 5, 2022
Brunson had his full arsenal on display: Driving, cutting, shooting, a step back, you name it.
The Knicks fans noticed this too and got even more excited at their new starting guard.
Welcome to the knicks my boyyyy
— Crypt0Hunter13x™️ (@Crypt0Hunter13x) August 5, 2022
My team, nyk stand up
— Teddy Griffin (@buckyquips) August 5, 2022
— GiantKnick (@GiantNyk) August 5, 2022
My PG 🧡💙 https://t.co/yiiuvHz24U
— Keshia (@Knicks4Life01) August 5, 2022
I’m ready to see him play in Madison Square Garden https://t.co/ybDy1jalAd
— Jared Dowdell (@3buckchuck35) August 5, 2022
Jalen Brunson is coming off the best year of his NBA career. He finished averaging 16.3 points with 4.8 assists in 79 games for the Mavs — all of which were career-highs.
If this is a sign of things to come, New York might look slightly different once the 2022-2023 season tips off.