Jarrett Allen was the lone standout on the night for the Brooklyn Nets, but there was no way anyone was getting an “A” from that game.
Allen did have a rough third quarter, committing all three of his turnovers, and showed some of the indecisiveness with the ball when pressured that has plagued him at times.
The worst example was when he threw the ball out of bounds after grabbing a rebound. The Raptors applied only token backcourt pressure, but Allen airmailed an outlet pass intended for D’Angelo Russell.
Still, he had a terrific night offensively, where he was decisive with his shot and was very good as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. Even as a young player, he understands the need to commit to the screen first before taking off to the rim.
It was a second straight strong performance from Allen, who could be poised for a breakout second season.
Treveon Graham doesn’t suffer from a lack of effort. But as a player acquired for his potential as a 3-and-D player, Graham did neither of those well on Wednesday.
He airballed his only 3-point attempt and was just 1-for-5 overall, leaving him at 31.8 percent overall for the preseason. Graham is also bagel-for-6 from 3-point range.
Defensively, he was guilty of over-committing himself out of position several times, a contributing factor in his team-worst minus-27 rating.
Graham is being aggressive and that’s hard to fault, but that aggressiveness needs to be tempered with some discipline so he doesn’t bite on every single jab step or shoulder fake he’s offered.