Last season, Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen took 90 percent of his shot attempts within 10 feet of the rim. He had a strong rookie campaign, getting the bulk of his shots either as the roll man going to the rim, or cutting off the ball.
Next season, he may add another tool to the toolbox — the three-point shot.
Speaking with Nets Daily at a charity event for youth returning to school, he said he has worked to add range to his game.
“I’ve been working in the gym a lot,” he told NetsDaily. “Trying improve on my decision making. Then obviously shooting. You’ve got to work on shooting nowadays.
“(I’ve been working on it) literally every day. Shooting three’s, mid-range, everything. I would say I’m shooting at least 50 (three’s) a day. Almost one hundred.”
This is a good thing — having a big who can space the floor and has to be covered at the arc opens up a lot in an offense. Allen said coach Kenny Atkinson encouraged this, seeing it as an evolution in Allen’s game. It fits with where the team is going.
Allen took just 15 threes all of last season, and this season he’s not going to become Kristaps Porzingis or Karl-Anthony Towns from three, but if he can take one or so a game and knock them down at a fair clip (he shot 33.3 percent on those 15 last year) it will be a good thing for the Nets. Just another thing to watch on a scrappy Brooklyn team this coming season.