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A slow guard with a suspect defensive ability, short stature, and superior tripping ability. That’s essentially what the bio will read if Grayson Allen declares for the 2018 NBA Draft.
To be fair, he’s been assigned point guard duties when his role should have been off-ball. He’s never been the best ball handler and his passing skills are passable at best. He can’t change speeds and directions, and can’t make plays as a result.
The 22-year-old has career averages for the Duke of 13.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists with .386 from the three-point line. His field goal percentage, at 43.5%, leaves much to be desired.
However, he’s developed a reputation over the years for being the resident villain of Duke. The one player that fans from the opposing team love to hate. In fact, Google “Grayson Allen Tripping” and the searcher will get more results compared to “Grayson Allen Highlights.”
Allen loves his reputation as Duke’s villain. The player with the choirboy looks with a mean streak (although others would probably brand him as borderline dirty).
“As far as me, I kind of take that as fuel. I had a little of that in high school, but I know it wasn’t as extreme as it’s going to be next year,” he told SB Nation. “It’s always been fuel. I’ve never let it get to my head too much.”
Duke was eliminated by Kansas in the Elite Eight tournament. Allen finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in that game.
But consistent with what’s happening to Allen all his life, he’s always been bypassed by teammates more athletic than him. A couple of years ago, it was Brandon Ingram. For this year, it’s Marvin Bagley III.
Now, the senior’s future is unknown if, in fact, he will declare for the NBA Draft 2018. The only good thing about picking Allen is that teams know what they are getting. There are no more surprises for the 6-4 player at this point.