Knicks News: Jalen Brunson leads NBA in impressive category, SNY's trade targets

New York Knicks, Jalen Brunson
New York Knicks, Jalen Brunson / Mark Blinch/GettyImages

Jalen Brunson is never the tallest player on the court, but he's the toughest. The New York Knicks point guard leads the team in points per game (24.9), assists per game (5.5), and minutes per game (35.5). Not only that, but Brunson leads the league in charges drawn.

Brunson has drawn 14 charges so far this season, two more than Franz Wagner, who is behind Brunson with 12. Brunson averages 0.74 charges drawn per game. As New York Post's Stefan Bondy pointed out, the guard has 16 non-charge offensive fouls.

"Obviously I’m not meeting anybody at the rim. So I know I can impact the game that way,” Brunson told The Post. “So whatever it takes to win, honestly. I find myself in that position and if I bail out, I’m bailing out on my teammates. So I got to be willing to take the contact and pray for the best."

Jalen Brunson, via New York Post

If you're interested in watching a clip of the charges that Brunson has taken, enjoy:

In non-drawn charges news, SNY's David Vertsberger wrote about five players that the Knicks could potentially pursue in a trade.

Bojan Bogdanovic, who made his season debut on Saturday, leads the list. He's a player who's been linked to New York. Following Bogdanovic is Jonathan Isaac, Gordon Hayward, De'Andre Hunter, and Jerami Grant.

More Knicks news

- New York has two players eligible to be traded on Dec. 15 but don't expect them to be dealt before the Feb. 8 deadline.

- In Bleacher Report's latest mock draft, the Knicks selected a well-rounded Big 12 wing with the No. 17 pick.

- Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart were at the Garden to support the Rangers on Sunday. New York beat San Jose, 6-5.

NBA news

- The Mavericks went on a 30-run against the Thunder on Saturday, the longest run since 1996-97. Perhaps what's even more impressive is that Oklahoma City went on to win, 126-120.

- Ime Udoka was ejected in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against the Lakers. LeBron James and Udoka got into a heated exchange, and James was given a technical foul.

- Kristaps Porzingis, who's been out with a calf strain, will miss Boston's In-Season Tournament quarterfinals game against Indiana on Monday. He's missed the Celtics' past three games.