Although Jarrett Allen has never been the biggest scoring option for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has always been a vital part of the team’s rotation.
And in the season ahead, he might get a lot more to do.
Chris Fedor was asked about Allen’s role within the team and said “The 25-year-old center will benefit from Cleveland’s stylistic changes.”
He reported that head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is making some alterations to how the team works and Allen might be at the center of them.
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According to Fedor, Bickerstaff is thinking of funneling “possessions through the bigs, something that has been apparent in the first two preseason games.”
That means that both Allen and Evan Mobley will get larger playmaking roles in 2023-24.
The Cavaliers are lucky because they have multiple ball-dominant guards like Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell.
Those two and others like Max Strus will always be Bickerstaff’s first choice when it comes to making a shot.
But Allen will be able to do more in the new season and fans should expect to see him receive the ball regularly, even if he’s not the one shooting it.
Defending Allen and Mobley will be a difficult task for other teams, which is all part of Bickerstaff’s plan.
Last season was a good one for Allen, who produced 14.3 points and 9.8 rebounds a game.
Although he is usually tough to defend, the New York Knicks figured out a way to do it.
Consequently, he only scored 9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds during the team’s five games in the playoffs.
Allen is currently on the sidelines because of an ankle injury but he will be back soon and ready to improve upon his game from last season.