1. An aggressive Allen could be huge for Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen had a solid outing against the Rockets’ big front line on Wednesday, posting a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor and even showing off some range by knocking down a 3-point attempt.
But what had to make Nets fans jump out of their seats early in the game was when he got the ball up high, way out near the half-court stripe, and decided to put Zhou Qi on a poster:
That sort of aggressive attitude on the offensive end could be a big factor for the Nets, who look to improve from last season’s 28-win total.
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He did have his troubles at times on the defensive end while dealing with the Summer League Rockets revival of their 1980s Twin Towers look with Zhou and fellow 7-footer Isaiah Hartenstein.
Both of the Houston bigs are mobile and Allen was giving up size already. With Yuta Watanabe playing the 3 and James Webb at the 4 at 6-foot-9 each, the Nets were overmatched inside at times.
Still, at least in the microscopic sample size of two Summer League games, it seems as if Allen has taken a significant leap forward in terms of his assertiveness and his understanding of what Brooklyn needs from him.
Coming on the heels of a strong second half of last season, the sky could be the limit for the youngster from Austin, Texas.