While treating 45 children to free haircuts, school supplies, food, water and Gatorade on Thursday afternoon, Jarrett Allen briefly dealt with the basketball portion of his summer.
In English: The Nets center, still only 20-years-old, is shooting from downtown … a lot.
Allen, who will drilled 5-of-15 (33%) three-point attempts as a rookie last season, says he’s worked extensively on improving that element of his game.
“I’ve been working in the gym a lot,” he told NetsDaily. “Trying improve on my decision making. Then obviously shooting. You’ve got to work on shooting nowadays.
“(I’ve been working on it) literally every day. Shooting three’s, mid-range, everything. I would say I’m shooting at least 50 (three’s) a day. Almost one hundred.”
So if you’re reading this on Friday, just know that Allen has probably stroked another 50-100 three’s …
Is this something Kenny Atkinson, wanted? As we know, the head coach has a deep affinity for the deep ball?
“It’s him and it’s me. I want to get better at it. In the new NBA you have to be able to shoot. That’s really how the league is going right now, so, I need to adapt to the new age. I grew up watching back-to-the-basket. Now I’ve got to catch up with everything,” said Allen with a laugh.
Outside of the three, Allen says he’s also been working on his improving his basketball I.Q., which, of course, is part of the growing process for a young big man.
“Really just decision-making. Out of the pick-and-roll, if I can’t roll straight to the rim, then making plays to pass to the corner, pass to the wing, things like that,” he said.
Atkinson wants versatility and has been positively giddy about Allen from Day 1. So the near 7-footer – who started 31-of-72 appearances in his first NBA campaign – is working to prove his head coach right.
Allen expressed a level of excitement about the team’s off-season moves and now training camp, which begins in late September. He thinks the Nets should be an improved bunch from a year ago.
“It’s definitely been interesting,” said Allen of the off-season. “I believe Sean (Marks) is making the right calls and he’s trying to make us the best team we can be. I think that’s where we’re headed. We’re going to have a better season this year. Next week we’re going to start doing things together. It should be interesting.”
Media Day will be here soon enough.