The 2018 first-round pick continues to display a hot hand, with Thursday's 55.6 percent success rate his third consecutive well over the 50.0-percent mark. Allen has now scored in double digits in three of five exhibitions overall despite just averaging 19.4 minutes per contest. Although he's stuck behind Donovan Mitchell and veteran Alec Burks on the shooting guard depth chart, Allen's impressive preseason play is lending credence to the notion he can serve as a key contributor of second-unit offense in the coming season.
The rookie first-round pick continues to be sharp from the field in his first NBA preseason, with Sunday's game marking his third game in four exhibitions with a success rate of 50.0 percent or better. Allen has a pair of double-digit scoring efforts during that sample, and at least one three-pointer in each contest as well.
Allen accumulated 16 points (6-8 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 24 minutes during Friday's 129-99 win over the Adelaide 36ers.
Allen earned a team-high minute total and filled it up offensively for the second time in three preseason games. He has committed his fair share of turnovers and fouls thus far, but it's clear that coach Quin Snyder is prioritizing the rookie's development. It may be unlikely that Allen earns 20-plus minutes per night in the regular season like he has in the preseason. Still, with his combination of size, skill, and experience, it wouldn't be a total shocker if Allen ends up pushing veteran wing Alec Burks for reserve minutes.
Allen had just six points (2-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), and one steal in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 105-90 preseason victory over the Raptors.
After an impressive first-up outing, Allen was held in check Tuesday finishing with just six points. This was Allen's first game against an actual NBA squad and he found the going a little tougher. Allen is likely going to be in the rotation but his minutes could certainly fluctuate based on his shot from night-to-night. He is not going to be a standard league option but could work as a three-point streamer in some deeper formats.
Allen is expected to get some run at point guard during Tuesday's preseason game against the Raptors, Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The Jazz are dealing with a few injuries in the backcourt and are set to be without both Dante Exum (knee) and Raul Neto (hamstring). That will provide Allen an opportunity for an expanded workload and the expectation is that he'll act as the main facilitator at times during the contest. While it will be interesting to see how he performs in that role, Allen will likely be relegated to the wing once the team is back to full strength and the regular season arrives. It's worth it to note that Allen lit up the score sheet in the team's preseason opener against the Perth Wildcats, posting 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-9 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 22 minutes.
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