April 11, 2018, 11:38 pmJarrett AllenC, Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen had another solid game to wrap up a fine rookie campaign, scoring 10 points while corralling seven rebounds and a block in only 19 minutes of action against the Celtics on Wednesday night.
Allen will finish outside the top-150 on a per-game basis, but that's hardly fair to a guy who was one of the league's best shot blockers down the stretch. The rookie had a block in 17 of his last 18 games and multiple blocks in 11 of those, with three or more in a whopping eight games. On the full season, Allen played 71 games and averaged 8.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on .586 from the field in 20.0 mpg, good enough for top-150/130 returns from a total value perspective. In his last 30 starts, however, Allen was dynamite with 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on .617 from the field in 23.9 mpg. That's a 50 percent increase in blocks in just a 19.5 percent increase in playing time. Some matchups proved troubling for the youngster and capped his playing time accordingly, but there was plenty to like about Allen's rookie year.