The Brooklyn Nets roster is already very talented. But they do have an interesting dilemma at the center position. The debate is about who will be the starting big man for the Brooklyn Nets. Does the team prefer experienced defensive force DeAndre Jordan or up-and-coming shot-blocker Jarrett Allen? Although they are both very talented, Head coach Steve Nash will need to make an important decision in regards to who will be taking the opening tip in this upcoming season.
Jarrett Allen is a 22-year-old, 6’11 center in his fourth year out of the University of Texas. He is a defensive-minded big man who is an elite shot-blocker.
This past season he averaged 11.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks, two out of the three being career highs. He is a young above-average center with a lot of potential.
Although his game is still developing, he is exceptionally good at the defensive side of the ball, including rebounding, and shot-blocking. Grabbing 7.8 rebounds and blocking 1.4 shots during his career so far. The other side of the ball can use some help. Allen has never been known as an offensive center in the league. If he can extend his shooting range while also keeping up with his elite defense, he can be a top center in the league for years to come.
DeAndre Jordan is a 32-year-old 6’11 center who is going on 14 years playing in the NBA. He is an experienced defensive-minded big who is definitely out of his prime but is still an interior force in the paint. Last season, he averaged 8.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game.
Even though he’s older, he is still a top center in the league who has been known for being freakishly athletic around the rim and also being an elite interior defender. He has never been a very good shooter in his long career but has been improving on his free throw and mid-range shooting recently. During his 13 year career so far, he’s averaged 9.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, and a big 1.6 blocks per game.
He is proving that old age won’t stop him from being a starting-caliber center in the league.
I believe the Nets’ best option is to start the younger talent Jarrett Allen. Allen had the better numbers last season and I think he is capable to start and help the Nets win the finals this upcoming season. Allen is still very young and has a lot of time to continue developing his game.
Some people would make an argument that Jordan should start over Allen due to experience and his hefty contract. However, I think it will be better for the Nets future if they start Allen. At the end of the day, the decision is up to general manager Sean Marks and Steve Nash. Will they go with the experienced veteran DeAndre Jordan or will they look towards the future will young and developing Jarrett Allen?