2. The Fro could be primed for a big night
Jarrett Allen had a very good night against the New York Knicks when they met in the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener on Oct. 19, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 boards with four blocked shots.
He actually won the individual rebounding battle with Enes Kanter, 11-10. That came a couple of weeks after Kanter dominated Allen in a 20-rebound preseason performance on Oct. 3.
With the Knicks making a change at the center spot, Allen won’t see Kanter at the beginning of the same. Instead, he’ll see Mitchell Robinson, an athletic freak at 7-foot and 225 pounds.
But if Allen is still a work in progress in his second season, Robinson is little more than raw material and potential at this point.
Robinson was DNP-CD in two of the Knicks’ first four games this season, playing a total of 23 minutes in three appearances before being thrust into the starting lineup Friday night against the Golden State Warriors.
He played a career-high — heck, career-exceeding — 29 minutes and finished with seven points, six rebounds and two steals.
Having Kanter on the second unit puts him more in line to be matched up with veteran backup Ed Davis, who is wiser in the ways of the Force and can use his veteran savvy to help keep the gigantic Turk off the offensive window, where he thrives.
Allen, meanwhile, will be matched up against Robinson, who while supremely athletic, can appear at times to have very little idea where to be defensively. Given how well Allen has learned to move without the ball and after setting screens, he could be a one-man conga line to the basket.