Nets Rookie Jarrett Allen Talks to Jarod Hector About Life in the NBA & Playing Like Clint Capela (Video)Read Now
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Washington Wizards for the second time in 11 days, 119-84. The Nets received contributions from up and down the roster, with six players finishing in double digits scoring. One of those players in double figures was rookie Jarrett Allen.
The former Texas Longhorn finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Allen has been a bright spot for the Nets this season and has become a fan favorite. He is part of the new wave of big men essential to succeed in today’s NBA.
The league no longer relies on dominant low post big men who get the ball fed to them in the post and back defenders down. Today’s game is spread pick and roll, pace and space. If you are a “big man” you either need to be a stretch that can put the ball on the floor and shoot from deep or a big time rim protector on defense and elite rim runner and pick and roll partner on offense. Allen has a high basketball IQ, understands nuances in the pick and roll and really has a toughness and motor for scoring at the rim.
After the game Allen talked about modeling his game after Clint Capela. The Rockets big man is a great rim runner, excels in the pick and roll, rebounds and block shots. You can see elements of Capela’s game with Allen. If he turns into Capella that’d be great development for Brooklyn and would help their chances of making the playoffs. But Allen wants more, he believes Capela is the starting point and he can expand his game as he matures.
Kings Rookie Justin Jackson Talks to Jarod Hector About Adjusting to the NBA And His UNC TarHeels (Video)Read Now
The Sacramento Kings were in Brooklyn on Wednesday night to take on the Nets on the second night of a back to back on their east coast road trip. The Kings blitzed the Nets early, scoring 36 points in the first quarter and never looking back. Despite the win, the Kings appear destined for the draft lottery yet again. The thing about being in the draft lottery is your team has a lot of young talent, and if developed properly your team could be a contender in the future. A bright spot for the Kings is rookie Justin Jackson. The former TarHeel forward is adjusting to life in the NBA and sees what his comp can be.
Following the game Jackson talked about the importance of learning from the veterans on his team, who he sees as someone to pattern his game after, and predictions for his UNC TarHeels.