Jarrett Allen
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Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen overmatched his competition in Summer League and was recognized for his efforts.

Ryan Honey

Good news for the Brooklyn Nets, who were hoping to get some improvement from former first-round pick Jarrett Allen this year. After this year’s Las Vegas Summer League, Allen was selected to the Summer League First Team.

Allen averaged 16.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 2.2 blocks through five games. He did this all on 61% shooting from the field.

New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Memphis Grizzlies rookie power forward Brandon Clarke, Miami Heat shooting guard Kendrick Nunn and New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson also made Summer League First Team.

The Nets previously selected Allen in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was the No. 22 overall pick out of the University of Texas.

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Through 80 games last season, Allen averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.5 blocks on 59% shooting from the field. He has a career average of 9.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 1.4 blocks on 59% shooting.

Allen should continue to add some depth to inside for the Nets in the 2019-20 season. Brooklyn was a playoff team last season and could be contenders in the Eastern Conference for years to come.

Brooklyn signed former All-Star center DeAndre Jordan. It’s unclear who will start for head coach Kenny Atkinson’s squad next season. Allen is likely the better player at this point, but Jordan is the veteran with a long resume. Moreover, Jordan is close friends with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

That being said, both Allen and Jordan are going to play major minutes next season no matter who starts.

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