NBA Analyst Offers Jalen Brunson the Highest Praise

A former NBA player raves about Jalen Brunson's level of performance against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Apr 28, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) reacts after
Apr 28, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) reacts after / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are one game away from eliminating the Joel Embiid-led Philadelphia 76ers to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoff. The Sixers looked like a threat for the New Yorkers before the series started, yet they haven't been able to dismantle their opponents.

Jalen Brunson has had a terrific 2023/24 regular season and after leading the Knicks to the second position of the East standings, he picked things right where he left them against Philadelphia. During the Knicks' 97-92 win on Sunday, he went off with 47 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing 10 assists.

Brunson's performances keep earning him big praise, with one ESPN analyst claiming that nobody can have a bigger impact than the Knicks' point guard on this series.

"I love Tyrese Maxey. I don't know where Tobias Harris has been over the last four games, averaging like 8.5 points [per game], but there's nobody on the court who I trust more as the soul and heart of a team than Jalen Brunson. That's period," Jay Williams said on Monday's edition of "Get Up!"

As the former No. 2 overall pick said, Brunson is on another level right now. He's averaging 33.0 points per game in four matches, increasing his scoring quota with 22, 24, 39 and 47 points, respectively. Amid criticism from other analysts, Brunson has led his team to be one of the hottest in the league right now and a serious threat to the Boston Celtics.

The Knicks will return to Madison Square Garden for Game 5, set to finish the job and advance to the next round, as they continue their pursuit of the Eastern Conference Finals. Brunson has taken his game to new levels since he left the Dallas Mavericks in 2022 and everybody within the Knicks organization is counting on him to take the team to the promised land.

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