It’s the video you’ve been waiting for! A compilation of every assist from Caris LeVert to Jarrett Allen, four and a half minutes of deft passing and good hands.
LeVert has been the key to unlocking rookie Jarrett Allen’s potential early in his young career. Before Allen took over the starting role (& before LeVert went down with an injury), these two were the dynamic-duo of the second unit.
How soon before they’re reunited?
Zach Lowe hopes it’s soon. In his column, “10 Things,” ESPN’s Lowe wrote this about what he’s seen in Allen and what he expects...
Allen already has exquisite footwork and timing when diving to the rim on the pick-and-roll. He has a knack for rising up from weird angles under the rim, and exploding for dunks.
There aren’t many rookie centers with the dexterity to gather the ball in traffic far from the hoop, take a rhythm dribble, and finish like this:
How about lefty? Sure.
Allen is shooting 60 percent out of the pick-and-roll, a tidy mark for a high-volume screen-setter.
He’s a long-armed, cagey deterrent around the rim on defense. He doesn’t bite on pump fakes. His arms are so long, he sometimes doesn’t even have to jump to block shots. He juts one paw sideways, almost parallel to the floor, and swats at shots that appeared beyond his reach. It almost looks Duncanesque. Opponents are shooting just 54 percent in the restricted area with Allen nearby, one of the best marks among rotation bigs.
It’s early to declare Allen a can’t-miss part of Brooklyn’s uncertain future. He has limited range. He doesn’t have a quick second jump. He will eventually have to master kick-out passes on the move when defenses collapse on him. Beefy post-up brutes push him around.
But Allen is 19, skilled and fearless. Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked on him twice in a recent game, and Allen kept coming back for more. Sean Marks, the Nets’ GM, swiped Allen at No. 22, and he looks like a steal.
A steal indeed.