On a special All-Star edition of “The Jump,” Nichols gave Dinwiddie and Allen the opportunity to explain why Brooklyn is a team to not only watch but pay attention. With the Nets entering All-Star weekend sitting at the six seed in the East and one game over .500, it is time for the team to get some nationwide notability, the two said.
“Need to pay attention to us,” Allen said. “We are up and coming, young team, and we are still playing our hardest.”
While Allen gave a humble response, Dinwiddie followed with a bold take.
“I think you should watch us because we have an All-Star point guard and we got a future top five center in the NBA with an amazing afro,” Dinwiddie said.
Allen, who is only 20, currently sits 12th in the league in blocks per game with 1.60. In his second year, he is averaging 11.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists to go on top of his shot-blocking game.
The second year center discussed what goes through his mind when he goes up to block big name players.
“You know it’s not really the hunting down the stars mindset,” Allen said. “It’s really just me down there just making the plays for my team honestly.”
After another modest response by the Nets big, Pippen wanted Allen to express some trash talk but he again stayed humble. Dinwiddie followed by sharing a story about when Allen blocked Blake Griffin not just once but twice in a game.
“After he blocked Blake not just once but twice, he told me he always wanted to do and that it was one of the moments he grew up wanting to do because Blake is a prolific dunker,” Dinwiddie said. “That was really cool to see you’re young fella you’re rook get to have one of the moments of his life and cross MVP’s off the list.”
As noted, the list of notable players the Nets big has blocked so far this season includes not just Blake Griffin, but LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden
With Allen establishing his name as one of the best shot blockers in the league, he shared one of his favorite quotes which got Pippen and Nichols respect.
“Jump for everything because either way you are going to be on the highlight.”
And, Allen noted, the Nets goal for the rest of the season is not just a playoff spot, but a top four seed.
Allen, of course, is on hand for the Rising Stars Challenge while Dinwiddie, out with torn thumb ligaments, is in Charlotte to honor this year’s winner of the Skills Competition which he won last February.