Before the season started, Brooklyn were a big favorite to have a deep playoff run this season.
Some have even named them as possible NBA Champions despite how early it is in campaign.
However, having only the star players carrying the team often leads to disappointment.
Things are looking pretty good on the East Coast in Brooklyn though, as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Coach Steve Nash may have found the perfect supporting crew to make a deep run.
Caris LaVert has been undoubtedly the third best player on the team this season, and Joe Harris has proven to be a reliable shooter on the team. But it’s Jarrett Allen who reminded everyone that despite having a very talented teammates, he’s still the biggest X-Factor on the team.
In a league that’s perimeter heavy and leaning more toward smaller players, Allen is the perfect big to have on a championship team that has two perimeter heavy stars.
Why? Because he’s a big-man that is an outstanding paint protector, hustle rebounder and doesn’t need the ball to make an impact. This is the exact job description for a big-man that plays for the Nets.
His best game of the season came in their game against Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz.
Up against an all-star and a former Defensive Player of the Year, the 22-year-old big-man bullied Gobert all over the court.
Allen put up a big performance in 19 points, 18 rebounds, three steals, two blocks on 8 of 9 shooting from the field.
Allen showcased a well-rounded, all-around performance against one of the best centers in the league – who also recently signed a contract worth a quarter-billion dollars.
Now, you may think that it’s just one game and that he hasn’t been consistent this season. Well, that’s not really the case.
For the season, Allen has been averaging 9.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks while shooting 69.2% from the field. Additionally, in their last few games, Allen has been showing great chemistry with his teammates.
If a championship run is their goal, Brooklyn will need the stellar play of Allen especially against teams like the Lakers or Denver that has talented bigs in Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic.
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