Future Watch: Grayson Allen Rookie Basketball Cards, Jazz – Grayson Allen couldn’t have asked for a better team to take him in the 2018 NBA Draft. In Quin Snyder, the Jazz run a team built on defense with a modern approach to offense. Rotations run deep, and players operate within their comfort zones. Allen is a fascinating prospect who could easily find a place in Utah’s rotation for years to come.
Allen was born in Jacksonville, Florida and attended Providence High School. In 2014, he was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and won the slam dunk contest at the event. After graduation, he would commit to play college ball for the Duke University.
In 35 games as a Freshman, Allen averaged 9.2 minutes per game off the bench. That year, he was named to the ACC all-academic team. He really came on at the end of the season during the 2015 NCAA Tournament. That year, Duke made it to the championship game where Allen really shined. He scored 16 points, including eight in a row to bring his team back from a nine-point deficit. The Blue Devils would be crowned champions for the fifth time in school history.
Allen exploded in his sophomore year. He started in 35 games and averaged 21.6 points, 4.6 points, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 46.6% from the field overall, and 41.7% from deep. The back end of Allen’s career at Duke was polarizing. On more than one occasion, he was involved in scuffles with opposing players. There was a tripping incident that received national publicity in a game versus Louisville. Later that season in a rematch with Louisville, Allen’s aggressive play earned him an ejection. In his junior season, Allen would face another tripping incident which would lead to a temporary suspension from the team.
Grayson Allen finished his four-year career at Duke with per game averages of 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals. After his senior season he would declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. He did a great job improving his draft stock at the combine where he showed off his athleticism. Scouts saw him as a player who could come in and contribute off the bench for a playoff team but might be overwhelmed if he’s asked to be primary contributor out of the gate.
On draft night, the Utah Jazz selected Grayson Allen with the 21st overall pick. He played in two summer league games for the Jazz, averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 26.5 minutes per game. The Jazz have deep playoff aspirations for the 2018-19 season, and Grayson Allen could be a key piece in their success. He’s a capable shooter from outside the arc and will surprise more than a few opponents with his leaping ability. Time will tell if he can keep his emotions in check on the NBA court, but if he can, watch out! While he may not be a national superstar right away, he can be a fan favorite for Jazz fans and collectors. Especially if he can bring some playoff heroics to Salt Lake City.
Look for Grayson Allen’s first rookie cards in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Basketball. He will appear in his Utah Jazz uniform in the upcoming 2018-19 Panini Hoops, Donruss and Certified.
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