In his Summer League debut, Grayson Allen looked like he would struggle even if he was playing in the Utah Jazz three on three tournament going on earlier in the day. However, he found ways to benefit his team in other ways in a lopsided victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Ok, at least he wasn’t as bad as Trae Young, who air balled his first three point attempt and ended up with 16 points on 20% shooting. Allen did score 11 points but shot only 25 percent from the field (4-16). He found ways to make his teammates better by constantly driving and kicking the rock out to open shooters. He ended up with 7 dimes and 8 boards.
It will be hard for Grayson to become the next Rookie of the Year finalist with Donovan being the favorite to start at shooting guard, but if Allen keeps playing like this, he will find a role with the Jazz that will display his well rounded abilities and passionate love for the game.
Hey, if the redshirt rookie Ben Simmons can flirt with triple doubles on his way to the Rookie of the Year trophy, why not Allen? Playing time is the only thing that could impede Allen from showing he can be one of the premiere players in this draft class.