Only one of the Arizona Wildcats’ representatives in the 2017 NBA Draft made it to the second round of the Summer League tournament, and, spoiler alert, it was Kadeem Allen. Allen and the Boston Celtics dominated the Golden State Warriors in their first game of the tournament.
After a perfect pre-tournament record of 3-0, the Celtics earned a bye straight to the second round. During the single day off the team got, the 22-seed Warriors defeated the 11-seed Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round to earn a chance at battling the Celtics.
After the first half, the Celtics had an 18-point lead after a questionable 3-pointer at the buzzer by the Warriors’ Patrick McCaw. The score of 48-30 would improve to 93-69 with the Celtics keeping their lead and claiming the win.
The team played without Jaylen Brown, Abdel Nader, and Jayson Tatum, who were out with injuries.
Kadeem Allen, however, did play. Allen finished with 10 minutes on the court, one point, five defensive rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Allen did not hit the same offensive levels he did in his last pre-tournament game against the Philadelphia 76ers, though he showed glimmers of that.
One of Allen’s assets on offense is his ability to make plays and effectively pass the ball, and that’s not always reflected on the scoresheet. During the 3rd quarter, Allen made a slick pass to Scott Wood. Wood proceeded to pass the ball on to Landen Lucas, who would nail the jump shot, so Allen did not get an assist. Regardless, it was some good playmaking on his part.
Nice pass by Allen in the Celtics game today. The box score doesn't talk about moves and contributions like this one pic.twitter.com/V0nQ0efYXx— Rachel Huston (@mirachelonice) July 14, 2017
As he plays, Allen will become more consistent with his play, and will likely perform better with veterans around him. Allen has at least one more chance to continue to prove what he’s made of before training camp starts. The Celtics will face the three-seed Dallas Mavericks in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
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