Is Knicks star Jalen Brunson a legitimate MVP candidate?

Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks is enjoying the best season of his career. During the All-Star break, Brunson finished the first half of the season averaging 27.6 points and 6.5 assists per game, both career highs, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 41 percent from downtown , and being named to his first All-Star. -Game of the stars. Brunson’s performance so far this season has him entering league MVP conversations.

His play catapulted the Knicks to an impressive 33-22 record at the break, ranking fourth in the Eastern Conference. Brunson took a leap forward in February, averaging 33.7 points per game on a highly efficient FG of 49.7% in six games this month.

Brunson’s increased three-point shooting volume has helped take his game to the next level. For the season, Brunson averaged a career-high 6.5 3PAs per game, and his 41% mark ties his career high, set last season. His shooting prowess this season earned him an invitation to the NBA Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend, where he was eliminated in the first round after scoring 24 points.

Brunson has now entered the fold as a potential MVP candidate thanks to his superb play. The latest odds from FanDuel Sportsbook show Brunson’s odds of winning the hardware are +10000, tied for sixth-best odds with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard. Although he was not ranked, Brunson was also mentioned in the latest Kia NBA MVP Ladder.