Jarrett Allen

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The Brooklyn Nets beat the Chicago Bulls, 104-87, on Monday night, but all anyone wanted to talk about was Nets center and former Longhorn Jarrett Allen’s ferocious slam dunk over Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen.

Midway through the third quarter, the NBA rookie came off a perfectly executed pick and roll. Allen had no choice but to use all of his 7-foot-6-inch wingspan to dunk all over the 7-foot Markkanen, who tried to take a charge on the play. The dunk went viral last night. Take a look:

Allen is no stranger to big dunks. Check out his monster dunk last year against West Virginia that had ESPN commentator Fran Fraschilla shouting, “It’s the dunk of the year!”

Allen was drafted 22nd overall by the Nets in 2017, and although his team has struggled this season, the 19-year-old has produced a respectable rookie campaign, averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. The Nets can hope to see many more highlight dunks from the Longhorn standout.

And with the way he’s playing right now, it won’t be long until Allen has himself another poster featuring another player who wished he had just moved out of the way.

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Jarrett Allen continues to shine as the Brooklyn Nets provide the young center with more opportunities, while Myles Turner struggles to stay on the court for the Indiana Pacers. Here’s an update on how Allen and Turner have done in the
NBA recently:

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets

Although the Nets managed a 1–2 record in the last week, Allen continued to put up impressive numbers. Allen averaged 16.7 points and eight rebounds over the span of the week.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson continued to increase Allen’s usage rate, leading to more plays designed solely for the former Longhorn big man. Allen had a usage rate of 22.9 percent in the win against the Philadelphia 76ers last Wednesday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against All-Star center Joel Embiid. Allen continued to improve his range, scoring four of his points from 12 feet or
beyond. But Allen also tallied four turnovers.

Allen followed his performance against the 76ers with a season-high 20 points and five rebounds in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Allen, who also had a season-high 26.2 percent usage rate, scored the first six points for the Nets. He continued to demonstrate a proficiency with the pick and roll, scoring 15 of his 20 points involving a ball screen.

Allen should continue to have more of these types of games as the season progresses. The competition for minutes at his position is low, with both Timofey Mozgov and Jahlil Okafor struggling to play consistently on both ends of the floor the way Allen has. Although he didn’t make Team USA for the Rising Stars Game during All-Star weekend, Allen should manage a spot on the All-Rookie team if he keeps up this level of production.

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

Turner returned to the Pacers’ lineup on Jan. 27, but now the third-year pro finds himself suffering from a sprained right knee. Turner has already battled a litany of injuries this season, including a sore elbow, sore thigh, sore calf, another sore right knee, tweaked ankle and sore neck. Turner has missed 16 games in total after missing only one game all of
last season.

Turner had played well for the small stretch that he returned for, averaging 12 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in the five-game span. Turner’s ability to shoot threes makes him hard to defend since it allows the Pacers to space the floor. Although he missed the previous nine games, Turner was still able to hit six-of-13 from three.

But Turner struggled against the 76ers on
Saturday. He missed all five of his shots, committed three fouls, grabbed only three rebounds and played for just 15 minutes. Reports indicated that the bad play could be attributed to Turner’s soreness in his knee. The former Texas forward could use some much-needed rest during the approaching All-Star break.

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Former Texas shooting guard Avery Bradley is on the move again after a short stint with the Detroit Pistons, while big man Jarrett Allen has continued to improve with the Brooklyn Nets as his rookie season progresses.

Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Clippers

The Detroit Pistons traded Avery Bradley, as well as his teammates Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic, late Monday afternoon to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for All-Star power forward Blake Griffin. The move came as a surprise since Bradley had recently been sidelined due to a groin injury. 

Rumblings that Bradley was on the trading block began earlier in the day, but it did not look like a deal would be finished until the deadline, mainly because of his groin injury. Teams seemed concerned about the injury since it caused Bradley to miss seven games earlier in the season as well. Bradley, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Boston Celtics, is now on his third team in six months.

Bradley averaged 15 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his four-month stint with the Pistons. The averages pale in comparison to those that Bradley had in his career-year with the Celtics last season. Furthermore, Bradley’s defense, which the guard has built a reputation for, has taken a step back. It is possible the groin injury that has troubled Bradley throughout the year has been the culprit behind his average defensive play.

It is not clear whether the injury will continue to hamper Bradley’s ability to return to the court, but he should have an easier time integrating with his new team since Clippers head coach Doc Rivers coached Bradley from 2010–13 in Boston.

Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets

As is the case with most players picked after the lottery, Allen has had an up-and-down time midway through his rookie season. He’s struggled to find consistent minutes on the court. His numbers aren’t overly impressive — a mere 6.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game — but Allen has done a good job of shooting a high percentage from the field. 

Allen has had a nice three-game stretch with averages of 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game against playoff-caliber competition. While his efforts did come in consecutive losses, Allen has seen his minutes increase as Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson has slowly lowered the minutes of veteran center Timofey Mozgov. 

Allen has also seen an increase in his usage rate while he’s been on the floor. Atkinson has begun running plays exclusively for Allen. This is a big shift from the trend earlier in the season.

Allen spent most of the early part of the season scoring within five feet of the rim. But recently Allen has scored from mid-range. Adding a consistent mid-range game would allow Allen to align himself with the NBA’s modern big men.

While most of the attention for Longhorns in the NBA stems from the yearly accolades collected by All-Stars Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge, there are a number of less-heralded Longhorns who emerge in the league each year. Here’s how some of those Longhorns looked in week one of regular season action.

D.J. Augustin

A nine-year veteran, Augustin has played on eight different NBA teams over his career. Currently in the midst of a four-year, $29 million contract with the Orlando Magic, the constant changes of scenery have not stopped Augustin from being a productive player.

With Orlando’s starting point guard Elfrid Payton out with an injury, Augustin has now been thrust into a starting role, where he is expected to be an important contributor. In a game against the defending Eastern Conference champion, the Cleveland Cavaliers,
on Saturday night, Augustin helped lead the Magic to a stunning 114-93 win in Cleveland by dropping 12 points along with 10 assists and just one turnover. Augustin didn’t stop there, putting up an additional 19 points on Tuesday in a win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Jarrett Allen 

Fresh out of the 40 Acres, Allen was selected with the No. 22 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Brooklyn Nets. Allen had a solid NBA debut, posting nine points on 3-3 shooting in 15 minutes off the bench. He followed that performance up two nights later with four blocks against the Atlanta Hawks.

With little depth at the center position for Brooklyn, Allen is likely to earn a backup role behind veteran Timofey Mozgov. Allen’s athleticism and leaping ability makes him an ideal center in a league that has evolved to cater to more skilled and agile big men.

Cory Joseph

Joseph is coming off of his best season in the NBA, where he averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 assists and three rebounds for the Toronto Raptors. The former NBA champion was traded this past offseason to the Indiana Pacers, where he is competing with Darren Collison to earn minutes alongside starter Victor Oladipo in the backcourt.

Joseph helped his stock on Tuesday when he dropped 21 points and drained five three-pointers in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite trailing Collison on the depth chart, Joseph is still averaging 25 minutes per game this season. Expect for his role to increase as the season progresses.