Nets’ Jarrett Allen has found unique pregame routine that is key to playing well
After the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics on Friday at home, Allen told reporters that putting his feet up on his locker is helping him play better:
What exactly is Jarrett Allen's routine?
"Sitting in here with my feet up. Something about putting my feet on my locker is making me play good. As stupid as it sounds, it’s been working, and I’m not going to change it.”
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) November 29, 2019
Against the Celtics, Allen finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Nets improved to 10-9 on the season with the win.
Allen entered Friday averaging 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 68.3 percent from the field. Veteran big man DeAndre Jordan, combined with Allen, gives the Nets a solid one-two-punch at the center position.
Allen’s terrific play has helped the Nets bounce back from a slow start to the season, and they’re doing it with Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert sidelined. Spencer Dinwiddie has been the star of the show, but Allen should get plenty of love as well. He has clearly found a routine that’s working for him.
Allen also still has plenty of room to grow. He said over the summer he worked on expanding his range to the 3-point line. While the 21-year-old hasn’t made a 3 yet, maybe we’ll see that aspect of his game come out as the season moves along.
For now, the Nets are just happy Allen is averaging a double-double and helping the team back into the playoff picture.