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Nets mentor sees possible $100 million player in Jarrett Allen

Nets mentor sees possible $100 million player in Jarrett Allen
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
Nov 18, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (2) walks off the floor during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena. Hornets win 116-111. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Jarrett Allen looks at older teammate Ed Davis and sees a mentor.

Davis looks at his young protA©gA© and sees something else. He sees a potential star.

a€œJust trying to help him out as much as possible. I got big expectations for him,a€ Davis said. a€œI think hea€™s a $100 million player, so hea€™s got to go get it.a€

Fortunately for the Nets, theya€™re a ways away from having to pay that a€” they have already picked up next yeara€™s option and almost certainly will do the same for 2020-21 on a player who might be general manager Sean Marksa€™ biggest draft steal.

After being picked 22nd in the 2017 draft a€” falling that far due to questions about his love for the game a€” Allen has compiled the second-most win shares of anybody in his class behind Jayson Tatum and ahead of lottery picks Lonzo Ball, Dea€™Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Lauri Markkanen and even Donovan Mitchell.

For the Nets, Allena€™s development has been a top priority. Spencer Dinwiddie told The Post this offseason: a€œOur future is definitely Jarrett.a€ In addition, sources have said concerns of Dwight Howarda€™s potential impact on Allena€™s development was one of the primary reasons Brooklyn bought out the All-Star big man immediately after acquiring him last summer.

Seeing not only Davisa€™ own rugged rebounding but how he has rubbed off on Allen and taken the 20-year-old under his wing, ita€™s clear they made the right call.

Allen is coming off an 11-point, five-rebound, three-blockA performance Wednesday, with his second-half turnaround helping the Nets do the same.

After a quiet four-point, one-board, one-block first half that saw the Nets trailing by six, he leveled up his game in the second half and brought Brooklyn with him. He had seven points, four rebounds and two blocks and altered a number of Hawks shots as the Nets outscored Atlanta by 21.

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