All hoops insiders and critics had one question regarding the Brooklyn Nets during the Summer League: Why in the hell is Jarrett Allen playing in Las Vegas?
The answer is simple: to gain confidence in himself to develop maturity on the court and to build a rapport with his younger teammates. Just months ago, he was a young shot-blocking talent who was a major force on the defensive side as the Nets surprised the league as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. During the first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, he struggled to maintain his ground and composure against All-Star center Joel Embiid.
But those struggles went away as his game and presence became a lot more noticeable on the floor in Vegas. En route to being named to the Summer League First Team, Allen averaged 16.4 points and 10.6 rebounds a game. His length and the competitive fire he brings every night will come in handy for Kyrie Irving as Kevin Durant continues to rehab the injury he suffered during the NBA Finals.
Most importantly, Allen’s dominating play will bring some swagger to a young but experienced Nets squad who will be positioning themselves to bring a title back to Brooklyn.