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Nets coach Kenny Atkinson thinks Jarrett Allen is ‘one of the best centers’ in the NBA

Kenny Atkinson, Jarrett Allen, Nets

Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen is only 21 years old, but head coach Kenny Atkinson believes the youngster has already established himself as a force to be reckoned in the NBA.

Prior to Saturday night showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks, Atkinson spoke highly of Allen and called him “one of the best centers in the league” today.

Entering Saturday, Allen is averaging career-bests 11.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per contest for the Nets. He is also registering 1.2 assist and 1.3 block on a nightly basis, all while shooting an efficient 65.7 percent from the field.

Moreover, in their previous game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen put up a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, albeit in a losing effort for the Nets.

Allen’s growth has been a priority for Atkinson and Brooklyn this season, which is why he has been given the starting job over veteran big man DeAndre Jordan. Luckily for the team, the youngster responded well and has lived up to expectations.

The University of Texas product remains inconsistent for the Nets. In fact, in their game against the Bucks which ended in a 117-97 Brooklyn loss, Allen made only five points to go along with 10 rebounds and three assists.

Jarrett Allen figures to be a key part of the Nets’ plan in building a championship contender. He is expected to anchor the team’s defense in the years to come while Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving handles the offense.