On paper, this is a quality move. Knicks filled a big hole in the point guard withsigning a four-year $ 104 million dealwith Jalen Brunson.
But Jeff Van Gundy said he considers it more than that. He said that Knicks not only provided more points, playmaking and defense, but also brought players to the level of everyone else around him, which is a sign to improve the team culture. He said he believed.
"[Branson] brings the level of competitiveness, intelligence and seriousness that every team in the league needs," said Knicks' former coach and ESPN. Analyst Van Gundy told the post. .. "There aren't really good and serious rivals. Knicks should be very happy and proud to have one of them.
" He wins the team Understand what you need to do to maximize your potential, and whatever it is. Great if that means scoring more. It's more, great, If it means making more shots or playing the creator. I love his versatility. "
Van Gandhi admitted the shade and stood before the interview of the bias. He has known Branson, who has been 25 years old since he was 3 years old. Van Gundy taught Branson's father, Rick, first at a local camp when he was in junior high school and later at Knicks. He has a strong relationship with his family.
That's part of the reason he feels so strongly about this move, in turn. He has seen Branson grow from high school McDonald's All-American to two national champions at Villanova and a breakout star of the past postseason. Van Gundy knows the work ethic that shaped Branson and his dedication to his craft.
When Branson joined the NBA Draft in 2018 as the National Player of the Year for college basketball, most scouts predicted Villanova products to be a career backup. He lacked the athletic ability and raw physical tools of the other guards in his class. However, Branson is improving every year in the league and is entering the season with the best career in points (16.3), assists (4.8), rebounds (3.9) and minutes (31.9). In the playoffs, while Luka Doncic played, he carried the Mavericks in most of the first round series wins against jazz, scoring 21.6 points with 46.6% shots in 18 playoff games and the Western Conference. Helped to reach the finals of the.
"I think what he is is an important player in the NBA," said the last Knicks coach who led the franchise past the second round of the playoffs. One Vangandy said. "What he's always doing is improving. Serious players gradually improve their entire career, especially through the prime year. He's just starting to achieve prime.
" He's so serious that he's sure to keep growing and improving. Fools don't get better. Serious players keep growing because they're important to them. "
The previous career in the NBA and earlier careers in Villanova confirm that. Branson is a player who gets better. He wins. Knicks, who won the last playoff series in 2013 and reached the postseason only once in the last nine seasons, can use more players like him.
"We can't overemphasize that his serious approach to the game, and to improvement and victory, is a must for a team in a challenging year," Van Gundy said. Gandhi said. "You don't find too many of those guys out there with the free agents you can get. These were unique situations.
" He was very happy in Dallas I think this is a great opportunity for him to try to be the starting point guard for this league every night. I think he reacts very well. "