There’s been so much positive energy and coverage surrounding the Knicks recently with a lot of attention being paid to just how good Julius Randle has been, the amazing impact of OG Anunoby, the improved play of Quentin Grimes and Deuce McBride, and Isaiah Hartenstein’s herculean efforts defensively and on the boards. And the vibes continued to get better earlier today when the NBA announced that Jalen Brunson had been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Houston Rockets center Alperen Şengün and New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for Week 11 of the 2023-24 season (Jan. 1-7). pic.twitter.com/Ju11pPewTE— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 8, 2024
The Knicks’ point guard, who is making a very strong push to appear in his first All-Star game appearance, received his first Player of the Week award last January after averaging 34.8 PPG, and 5.8 RPG during a 3-1 week and won another Player of the Week award earlier this season in late November after his 50-point performance against the Suns. This now marks the third time he’s earned the honor during his Knicks tenure.
Your Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Jalen Brunson. pic.twitter.com/i6pk1EUPwx— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) January 8, 2024
Brunson, who has been on a tear since the infamous “too small” comments, averaged 27.3 PPG, 9.3 APG, and 3.3 RPG on an efficient 47% shooting from the field, 37.1% shooting from the field, and a perfect 18-18 from the free throw line while being a major catalyst in the Knicks’ 4-0 week which included big statement wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers.
And what made this past week different from a lot of his other outstanding weeks are the aforementioned assist numbers, which have skyrocketed as of late. The scoring has always been there with Brunson but now equipped with more spacing and shooting than he had prior to the Anunoby trade, Brunson seems to have fully unlocked the Knicks’ offense. He’s taken full advantage of the shooting prowess and the cutting abilities of both Donte DiVincenzo and Anunoby and it’s lead to some amazing outcomes for both Brunson and the Knicks.