Nets center Jarrett Allen wants to work on expanding his range to the 3-point line
Allen is one of the best young centers in the NBA. The Nets are expecting the 21-year-old to take the next step in his development in 2019-20.
“I would say that basically the whole world knows I need to put on some weight,” Allen told J.D. Shaw of Hoops Rumors. “You know, just dealing with big guys like that, it showed in the playoffs that I kind of struggled with the strength aspect. That’s obviously going to come with age, it’s just coming with working out, so I’m not too worried about it.
“Something I want to work on skill-wise is decision-making with the ball, and expanding my range to the three.”
This past season, Allen averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 blocks during the regular season. The 6-foot-11 Texas native shot 59.0 percent from the field, but just 13.3 percent from beyond the arc. Allen made only six 3-pointers all season for the Nets.
In today’s NBA, your big man has to be able to shoot the 3-ball. Bringing big guys out to the perimeter creates more driving lanes for guards to attack the basket.
No one is asking Jarrett Allen to become a lethal 3-point shooter, but if the Nets youngster can shoot around 30 percent from deep in 2019-20, Brooklyn will be a tougher team to defend on offense.