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Nets’ Jarrett Allen Credits Ed Davis with Improvement

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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.”

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Nets’ Caris LeVert Could Return to Action by All-Star Break

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The Brooklyn Nets are hopeful that guard Chris LeVert can return to the court prior to the NBA All-Star break, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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.

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Nets Sign Mitch Creek To 10-Day Contract

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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.

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Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams

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The Brooklyn Nets are bringing back veteran big man Alan Williams following his recent departure to join the Chinese Basketball Association.

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.

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