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Jarrett Allen to start over DeAndre Jordan for Nets vs. Rockets

Kenny Atkinson, DeAndre Jordan, Jarrett Allen

Third-year center Jarrett Allen will start for the Brooklyn Nets on Friday evening at home against the visiting Houston Rockets.

So far, the 21-year-old big man has split the starting duties for the Nets through four games with veteran DeAndre Jordan.

Jordan, 31, arrived in Brooklyn in the past offseason alongside pals Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant through free agency. With Jordan as part of the package deal with Durant and Irving, many believed head coach Kenny Atkinson would have a mandate to start the declining Jordan at center over the rising star and developing big man Allen.

In a handful of games thus far, Atkinson has only stated that the decision for starting center would depend on matchups and not dictate a full-time starter yet.

Allen averaged 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game last season, appearing and starting in all but two games for Brooklyn. He is averaging a near double-double in four games in 2019-20; 8.0 points and 10.3 rebounds.

Last season Jordan played for the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks, coming over to the Big Apple at the end of January of this year in the Kristaps Porzingis trade. When he hit free agency, though, Jordan opted to join Durant and Irving in Brooklyn as oppose to recruiting them to play at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks.

While both centers have split starting duties through four games — and Allen about to move into first place with the tie-breaking fifth overall game for the Nets — Allen has a slight lead in minutes per game against the vet, at 27.8 to 21.3.