Jarrett Allen will be entering his second season with the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets selected the Texas Longhorns big man with the 22nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-11 big man had a great rookie season with the Brooklyn Nets. Heading into the 2017-18 season, Allen was expected to spend some time with the Brooklyn Nets’ G League team, the Long Island Nets.
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If Allen did not need to go down to the G League for development reasons, he was expected to be the backup center to Timofey Mozgov.
When the 2017-18 season came around, Allen stuck on the Brooklyn Nets roster and began getting starts fast. Mozgov, who was expected to be the Nets’ starting center, was dealing with conditioning issues due to his summer play with the Russian national team.
Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson put Allen ahead of Mozgov in the rotation and eventually Allen became the Nets starting center.
Allen quickly became a Nets fan favorite because of his play and got the nickname “The Fro-Down.” The 6’11 center played good in the Nets pace-and-space style offense and did not complain about touches throughout the season.
The Nets center got a glimpse of national attention when he threw down a monsterous poster dunk on Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls.
The dunk blew up social media across all platforms and could now be considered one of the best posterizing dunks of the 2017-18 season.
Overall, Allen had a good rookie season with the Brooklyn Nets and exceeded all expectations. He averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game last season.
Allen is expected to have a breakout year in 2018-19. One area of the offensive end, Allen should learn to become an elite big man is mid-range shooting. If Allen can shoot mid-range jumpers at a consistent level, he has the ability and skill set to become a young dangerous big man.
The Nets center is likely to be the long-term center for the Brooklyn Nets. Jared Dudley, who was acquired by Brooklyn via trade with the Phoenix Suns in July, said that Jarrett Allen is one of the Brooklyn Nets cornerstones.
With high praise comes breakout play. After having a good rookie season, Allen must step it up a little higher in 2018-19.
He has high expectations heading into next season and if Allen plays better basketball than he did last season, he can gather up some national attention from the NBA universe and basketball enthusiasts across the country.