Jarrett Allen of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been in the NBA for six seasons now and has learned a lot and adjusted to how the league works.
The Cavaliers center admitted to Evan Dammarell that he had to adapt to one particular aspect of the NBA.
Allen told Dammarell that he “used to hate having to defend big men that could stretch the floor when he came into the league.”
“But, Allen knew that it would have to be something he had to get over and adapt to, since it was the way the league was trending,” Dammarell revealed.
#Cavs big man Jarrett Allen shares with me he used to hate having to defend big men that could stretch the floor when he came into the league.
But, Allen knew that it would have to be something he had to get over and adapt to, since it was the way the league was trending.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) January 17, 2024
Allen had his reasons for disliking how other big men would stretch the floor back when he joined the NBA.
It obviously makes it harder to defend players and can be a huge headache.
But to his credit, Allen learned to change his approach so that he could ably play in the league and limit his opponents.
That was obviously a smart decision because Allen is now considered one of the best centers in the entire league.
Allen has been averaging 14.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3 assists per game so far this season.
Those are some of the best numbers of his career and he is repeatedly earning double-doubles against various opponents.
Allen is obviously playing incredible basketball and has been a key part of keeping the team afloat during the rash of injuries plaguing the Cavaliers.
Cleveland just won their last five games and will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night before a four-game road trip consisting of the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, and Bucks again.