In this week’s Mavs Stock Report, we examine the performances of Jalen Brunson, Luka Doncic, and DeAndre Jordan and let you know if they’re trending upward or down.
Needless to say, Luka Doncic stole the show Saturday night with his late-game heroics and an 11-0 run that erased an 8 point Mavs deficit with under 3 to play to beat the visiting Rockets. It wasn’t a pretty game for Doncic overall, but it he still ended with 21 points and 7 boards, which is more than respectable as both surpass his season averages. But the week didn’t start out that way for Luka Legend as he missed last Sunday’s game against the then Western-Conference-leading Los Angeles Clippers due to a hip injury. Thankfully, his teammates managed to secure the win even in his absence and Doncic returned the following game against the Trailblazers.
It was a busier week for the Mavs as they played 4 games but thankfully only one of those contests was played away from the AAC where the team has just 2 losses on the young season. The downside for Doncic this week came in the Mavs one loss, a 132-106 thumping in New Orleans where the third overall pick struggled from the field.
So with one game missed and one subpar game on one hand and two solid performances on the other, the scale feels pretty even. If you were to ask Luka himself about his performance against the Rockets Saturday night, however, he would tell you he still played poorly and that he finally just managed to make a few good shots there at the end. Those aren’t my words; they come straight from the man himself. But Luka is his own harshest critic and I am nowhere near as strict a grader. UP
This Week (3 games): 16.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0 BPG
Season Averages: 18.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.35 BPG
With Dennis Smith Jr going on the shelf to nurse an aggravated wrist injury, rookie Jalen Brunson found himself thrust into the starting lineup for the Mavericks against Houston. Thankfully for Dallas, Brunson has shown himself capable off the bench whenever called upon throughout the first quarter of the season and is starting to see his role grow within the rotation.
Despite going scoreless in 5 minutes against the Clippers and not even seeing the court against the Blazers, Brunson saw some success against the Pelicans scoring 11 points, grabbing a pair of boards, and dishing out 7 assists in 25 minutes. Rewarding him for this performance, Carlisle moved Brunson into the starting lineup against Houston where the rook poured in 14 points on 7/9 shooting with 3 assists in 30 minutes against Chris Paul.
He might’ve only played significant minutes in two of the four games this week, but his stock is most certainly trending UP.
This Week (3 games): 8.3 PPG, 0.67 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.67 SPG, 0.0 BPG
Season Averages: 4.8 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.57 SPG, 0 BPG
DeAndre Jordan enjoyed one of his best weeks as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, hauling in 16 boards/game despite a bad outing at New Orleans where he failed to reach at least 10 boards in a rare display. Equally impressive was his performances against Los Angeles, his former team, and Portland. And while his rim protection could use a little work (read effort), his value is still crystal clear to the Mavericks and has contributed significantly to make them one of the hottest teams in the NBA. UP