Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen is battling through his second season in the NBA, and is crediting teammate Ed Davis for helping him continue his development into an NBA veteran, leaning on him for guidance and tips.
“That’s why you have Ed Davis around,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “He’s coaching when you’re not coaching. Great influence on our young guys.
“I’ve seen Ed take him aside after practice, before practice, talking post defense. These [vets], they have the nuances. They understand the game. He’s been a great influence not only on Jarrett Allen but our whole group.
“He’s just a solid, solid professional and the type of guy we like to bring in here,’’ Atkinson added. “We want to help him grow obviously first and foremost, but he’s helping our young guys grow, too.”
Davis inked a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets during the summer and has already paid dividends with his veteran experience.
Allen has posted 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks thus far this season.
“When I signed here, Sean didn’t say, ‘We want you to mentor Jarret Allen,’ ’’ Davis said. “But I’m an intelligent guy, and I think Sean knew that by doing his diligence and his homework and whatnot. I wasn’t going to come in here like, ‘Oh, [crap], I’m trying to start, I’m trying I take his minutes.’
“I’m trying to win, and I’m trying to help him, because of the direction this franchise is headed.”
Nets’ Caris LeVert Could Return to Action by All-Star Break
LeVert is closing in on a return to five-on-five practices, and the team is optimistic he will be ready to hit the court again soon.
LeVert suffered a dislocated foot back in November and has been out of action since.
Nets Sign Mitch Creek To 10-Day Contract
The Brooklyn Nets have signed Austrailian forward Mitch Creek to a 10-day contract, officially promoting him from their G League affiliate.
Creek earned an All-NBL Second Team nod for his performance last season, when he averaged 14.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 2.5 APG in 31 games for the 36ers.
This season, while playing for the Long Island Nets, Creek is posting 14.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.2 APG.
Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams has decided to remain in the United States following complications that popped up during hit contract negotiations with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Williams was having quite the season in the G League,
averaging 21.0 points per game and a league-leading 14.7 rebounds per contest.
Cleveland Cavaliers2 years ago
Nuggets Won’t Include Gary Harris And Jamal Murray In Deal For Kyrie Irving
New Orleans Pelicans2 years ago
Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Actively Recruiting Players To Join Him In New Orleans
Houston Rockets2 years ago
Clippers Patrick Beverley Says He Requested Trade From Houston Prior To Arrival In Los Angeles
Boston Celtics1 year ago
Milwaukee Bucks Make Offer To Cleveland Cavaliers For Kyrie Irving
News2 months ago
Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Says Injury From NYPD ‘Total Abuse of Power’
Atlanta Hawks1 year ago
Hawks’ Miles Plumlee Arrested For Marijuana Possession
Phoenix Suns1 year ago
Suns Expected To Offer Devin Booker Five-Year, $156M Extension
Cleveland Cavaliers2 years ago
Knicks Carmelo Anthony Says Team Knows ‘What I’m Looking For’