He’s averaged career highs in points, rebounds and assists while remaining an elite rim protector. And he was even better in the bubble playing a key role as the shorthanded Nets retained the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The 2017 first-round pick received a second-team vote for a fully defensive NBA review.
Yet when the Nets opened the preseason Sunday against the Wizards, Allen found himself on the bench, taking a backseat for veteran DeAndre Jordan. It remains to be seen if that will be the depth graph at the start of the season.
“I didn’t make hard and quick decisions,” coach Steve Nash said of Zoom on Tuesday. “I think we have to stay ready and be fluid, from night to night it could change, I haven’t made any decisions.
Allen was the better of the two last year – he averaged 1.8 points more than Jordan, 0.4 blocks more and 0.4 fewer rebounds in 4.5 more minutes per game – although ‘he always found himself on the bench when Kenny Atkinson was fired in the middle of the game. season and provisionally replaced by Jacque Vaughn. Jordan is very close to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and at the time of the move last year, ESPN reported that Jordan coming off the bench was a “thrill issue” with some Nets players.
At 32, Jordan has a decisive advantage over Allen, despite Allen being the youngest and most athletic player.
“If I want to start DJing, it’s because he has a long history of being a very good defender himself,” Nash said. “He’s also a rolling threat and sucking defense and a vertical threat.
“They’re both guys who are going to play, both bring similar but slightly different personalities to their profile. I love them both and both will play a part for the team.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is not going anywhere, announcing his decision to sign a $ 228.2 million contract extension with the Bucks on Tuesday. This means the Bucks will remain a legitimate title contender for years to come.
“I don’t really want to comment on the other teams, but I think it’s great,” Nash said. “They built something great over there in Milwaukee. Fans loved having the MVP in their building. It’s a team knocking on a championship door so I think it’s great for this fan base and they’re going to be an amazing team again.
The Nets have officially announced that Bret Brielmaier will take over as head coach of the Long Island Nets, their G-League affiliate. He has been an assistant coach of the Brooklyn Nets for the past four years.