Getting to know Kadeem Allen, pick No. 53 in 2017 NBA draft
The Celtics left the 2017 NBA draft last week with Jayson Tatum at No. 3 overall, Semi Ojeleye at No. 37 overall, Kadeem Allen at No. 53 overall and Jabari Bird at No. 56 overall.
Allen is a junior guard from Arizona that was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team and All-Defensive Team as he lead the team with 53 steals during the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot 3-inch 195-pounder came from Hutchinson Community College and was a top junior college prospect.
He averaged 9.8 points, four rebounds and 2.9 assists last season, as well as averaged 30 minutes a game and shot the ball 45.3 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from behind the arc.
Allen has crafty handles that allow him to slice in to the lanes and drift his floater to the rim while going full speed down the lane. His handles also help him create space against longer defenders for his solid mid-range game. He is just as fancy with his finishes around the rim as he is with his ball handling, but nonetheless, he is able to score around longer defenders underneath.
Defensively, Allen brings the intensity and prides himself on defense. On ball screens, he fights over the picks and stays tight on the ball handler detering them from open lanes in the middle of the court. In one-on-one situations, Allen contests every shot and pesters every dribble that his opponenets take. He is able to put the pressure on and make the ball handlers uncomfortable, forcing them to give the ball up or to turn the ball over.
“It’s just something I’ve always done my whole life,″ said Allen to The Patriot Ledger. “That’s what my team needed me to do. My job is to come out and play defense. Defense got me here.″
Allen will join the other three draft picks from last week, Jaylen Brown, Demetrius Jackson, Ante Žižić and others in the summer league games in Utah and Las Vegas.
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