Grayson Allen

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Grayson Allen
Grayson Allen Utah (cropped).jpg
Allen with the Utah Jazz in 2018
No. 3 – Memphis Grizzlies
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-10-08) October 8, 1995 (age 25)
Jacksonville, Florida
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High schoolProvidence School
(Jacksonville, Florida)
CollegeDuke (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–2019Utah Jazz
2018–2019Salt Lake City Stars
2019–presentMemphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Grayson James Allen[1] (born October 8, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played four years of college basketball at Duke University.

High school career[edit]

In 2014, Allen was selected as a McDonald's All-American out of Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida, where he won a state championship the previous year.[2] He won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest, jumping over future Duke teammate Jahlil Okafor.[3]

College career[edit]

Coach K embraces Allen at the end of his final home game at Duke University.

During Allen's freshman season at Duke, he averaged 4.4 points per game and was named to the ACC all-academic team.[4]

Allen became a major contributor in the NCAA tournament. On April 7, 2015, he played in the championship game, scoring 16 points, including 8 straight.[5] After the game, commentators cited Allen as one of the main reasons for Duke's win.[6][7] Coach Mike Krzyzewski agreed, saying, "We were kind of dead in the water. We were nine points down and Grayson just put us on his back."[6]

During the 2015–16 season, Allen was one of the best offensive players in the ACC, averaging 21 points per game[8] and shooting 41% from three-point range. He played an average of 36.6 minutes per game and made 83.7% of his free throws.[9]

Entering his junior season, Allen was considered one of the top returning players in college basketball. He was named to the Associated Press preseason All-America team[10] and was the ACC media's pick as preseason ACC Player of the Year.[11] On November 29, 2016, Allen scored 24 points and 4 assist in a 78–69 win against Michigan State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.[12] On December 10, 2016, Allen tallied 34 points in a 94–45 victory over UNLV.[13] On February 9, 2017, Allen scored 25 points and 3 assist in a 86–78 win over rival North Carolina.[14] During the 2016–2017 season, Allen averaged 14.5 points per game and shot 36.5% from three-point range. He played on average 29.6 minutes per game and was 81.1% from the free-throw line.[15]

Professional career[edit]

Utah Jazz (2018–19)[edit]

On June 21, 2018, Allen was selected with the 21st overall pick by the Utah Jazz in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 2, Allen inked a three-year deal worth $7,049,040 with the Jazz.[16] He made his NBA debut on October 22, 2018 against the Memphis Grizzlies scoring 7 points in 11 minutes off the bench.[17] On April 10, 2019, Allen scored his career-high 40 points with seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in a 137–143 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.[18]

Memphis Grizzlies (2019–present)[edit]

On July 6, 2019, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that they had acquired Allen from the Jazz.[19]

Foul incidents[edit]

Allen received national attention during his sophomore season at Duke following an incident during a game against Louisville Cardinals. On February 8, 2016, Allen was assessed a flagrant-one foul after he tripped Louisville forward Ray Spalding. Commentators said the move appeared to be intentional, as Allen stuck out his leg while on the ground as Spalding was hopping over him.[20][21]

In the second game against Louisville that season, he exchanged elbows while scuffling for a ball on the ground and later received a technical foul and ejection for yelling at a referee following his fifth foul on a charge call.[22] On February 25, in the closing seconds of a 15-point win against Florida State, Allen tripped opposing guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.[23] A day later, Allen received a reprimand from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for his second tripping incident in less than a month.[citation needed]

Prior to the start of the 2016–17 season, Allen stated that he was ready to put the tripping incidents behind him.[24] However, on December 21, he tripped Elon's Steven Santa Ana and was charged with a technical foul.[25][26] The next day, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski suspended Allen from the team indefinitely and subsequently stripped him of his team captaincy after Duke's game on December 31.[27][28] Allen returned to play on January 4, 2017, after being suspended for one game.[29]

On March 9, 2018, Allen was assessed a flagrant-one foul in the ACC Tournament for tripping North Carolina's Garrison Brooks with what was called a "hip check."[30]

On July 11, 2019, Allen was ejected from an NBA Summer League game between the Boston Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies after committing back to back flagrant fouls that were called on television as "cheap shots" reacting to a "simple back screen", causing the announcers to criticize his reputation for dirty play on television and call for his removal from the game. [31]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Duke 35 0 9.2 .425 .346 .849 1.0 .4 .3 .1 4.4
2015–16 Duke 36 35 36.6 .466 .417 .837 4.6 3.5 1.3 .1 21.6
2016–17 Duke 34 25 29.6 .395 .365 .811 3.7 3.5 .8 .1 14.5
2017–18 Duke 37 37 35.6 .418 .370 .850 3.3 4.6 1.7 .1 15.5
Career 142 97 27.9 .430 .380 .834 3.2 3.0 1.0 .1 14.1

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Utah 38 2 11.0 .376 .323 .750 .6 .7 .2 .2 5.6
2019–20 Memphis 38 0 18.9 .466 .404 .867 2.2 1.4 .3 .1 8.7
Career 76 2 14.9 .429 .371 .800 1.4 1.0 .2 .1 7.1

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019 Utah 2 0 7.0 .286 .000 .714 .5 .0 .0 .0 4.5
Career 2 0 7.0 .286 .000 .714 .5 .0 .0 .0 4.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grayson Allen Bio - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Borzello, Jeff (January 1, 2013). "Players announced for McDonald's All-American Game". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Rohrbach, Ben (April 2, 2014). "Grayson Allen leaps over 6-foot-10 Jahlil Okafor to win McDonald's dunk contest". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Grayson Allen Bio". goduke.com. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Comeback! Duke dispatches Wisconsin to capture national title No. 5". ESPN. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Wolken, Dan (April 7, 2015). "Duke freshmen give Blue Devils late boost for title". USA Today. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Myerberg, Paul (April 7, 2015). "Duke edges Wisconsin to win fifth national championship". USA Today. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Statistics - College Basketball - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Statistics - College Basketball - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Duke's Allen leads AP preseason All-America team". Foxsports.com. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Norlander, Matt (October 26, 2016). "Duke the pick to win a loaded ACC, Grayson Allen is preseason Player of the Year". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Allen leads No.5 Duke past Michigan State 78–69". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  13. ^ "No.5 Duke routs UNLV 94–45". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  14. ^ "Allen leads No.18 Duke past No.8 UNC, 86–78". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  15. ^ "Grayson Allen". ESPN.com.
  16. ^ Goon, Kyle (June 21, 2018). "Jazz select Duke's Grayson Allen No. 21 overall, earning Donovan Mitchell's approval". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  17. ^ De Jong, Zach (October 23, 2018). "Duke in the NBA: Grayson Allen shines in NBA debut". Ball Durham. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  18. ^ Associated Press (April 10, 2019). "Clippers beat Jazz 143-137 in OT to stop 3-game skid on the final day of the season". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 11, 2019.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies acquire Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, draft rights to Darius Bazley and future first round draft pick from Utah Jazz". Memphis Grizzlies. NBA. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  20. ^ Vecenie, Sam (February 8, 2016). "WATCH: Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player, gets flagrant foul". CBSSports.com. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  21. ^ "Grayson Allen and being a hated white player with the Duke Blue Devils". ESPN. February 9, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  22. ^ Brown, Mike (February 20, 2016). "A late meltdown at Louisville re-exposed Duke's issues". Sports on Earth. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  23. ^ "Grayson Allen of Duke Blue Devils won't be suspended by ACC for apparent trip". ESPN. February 27, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  24. ^ O'Neil, Dana (October 25, 2016). "Duke Blue Devils Grayson Allen ready to put tripping incidents behind him". ESPN. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  25. ^ "Grayson Allen gets a tech for tripping again". ESPN. December 21, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  26. ^ "Grayson Allen reacts to getting called for a Technical Foul after tripping a player". ESPN. December 21, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  27. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (December 22, 2016). "Duke's Mike Krzyzewski suspends Grayson Allen indefinitely". USA Today. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  28. ^ "Duke's Grayson Allen stripped of captaincy after suspension for tripping". Sports Illustrated. December 31, 2016. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  29. ^ Chase, Chris (January 4, 2017). "What a joke! Coach K ends Grayson Allen's 'indefinite suspension' after just one game". Fox Sports. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  30. ^ "Grayson Allen gets Flagrant 1 foul for hip check in ACC tournament". USA Today. March 9, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  31. ^ "Grayson Allen EJECTED on Back-to-Back Flagrant Fouls - NBA Summer League Celtics vs. Grizzlies". Sideline Sports. July 11, 2019. Retrieved June 1, 2020.

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