Jalen Brunson has earned the Eastern Conference Player of the Month honors for February after leading the Knicks to a 9-2 record.

New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for the month of February, the NBA has announced.

Brunson has been on a huge tear as of late, averaging 27.3 points per game along with 4.3 rebounds and six assists on 52.9% shooting from the field and 42.6% shooting from three-point range. The 26-year-old star is coming off a 39-point performance in a huge win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks went 9-2 in the month of February and are sitting as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are only 1.5 games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers and the fourth seed in the conference.

Brunson has scored the second-most points in the league so far in 2023, sitting behind Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. He is leading New York in assists (6.2) and steals (0.9) per game so far this season and his 23.8 points per game are second only to Julius Randle’s 25.0 points per game. In all, Brunson has become the exact type of star guard that New York has needed for years and one that the team sorely needed during their last playoff push from their 2020-21 campaign.

The Knicks are also, arguably, the second-best team in the NBA right now behind the Milwaukee Bucks, who own a 16-game winning streak. They have vastly improved in all categories on offense and defense, the latter especially since Mitchell Robinson has returned from injury. They appear to have pieced it together at just the right time and look to be a formidable matchup for any Eastern Conference team come playoff time thanks in large part to Jalen Brunson.


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