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Brian Windhorst Calls Jalen Brunson A Foul Hunter: ‘He Uses The Dark Arts’

Mar 31, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) reacts after scoring a basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Brunson has ascended into superstardom this year with the New York Knicks. He has played incredibly well and has been a massive bright spot for the Knicks’ future.

However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had some complaints about the way that Brunson plays. In particular, what Windhorst referred to as ‘foul hunting’ to get calls his way. The analyst discussed his concerns on the latest episode of ‘Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective.’

“He doesn’t have the reputation of [James] Harden or Trae Young, but he’s a foul hunter. He uses the dark arts.”

ESPN’s Brian Windhosrt said about Jalen Brunson

Both Trae Young and James Harden, whom Windhorst refers to, have been heavily criticized for their flopping to get calls over the course of their careers. That discussion around Brunson has not been nearly as hot.

Brunson is currently averaging 6.1 free throw attempts per game this season. Given the fact that he is the highest-volume shooter on the Knicks roster, this seems to be on par with other stars around the league.

“This is what the referees are cracking down on, the fouls that he gets sometimes are not what they’re going to give him.”

Brian Windhorst

The 27-year-old guard is averaging 27.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game. The Knicks have struggled with health problems this year, but undoubtedly have the talent on both ends to remain a competitive team in the Eastern Conference when the playoffs roll around.

Superstar players normally warrant a superstar whistle. It would make sense for Brunson to get calls that the average NBA player would not get. It will be interesting to see if Brunson responds to the claims that Windhorst has.