Nets Pick Jarrett Allen No. 22 in NBA Draft After Trading for D'Angelo Russell

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

NEW YORK - JUNE 21: NBA Draft Prospect, Jarrett Allen poses for portraits during media availability and circuit as part of the 2017 NBA Draft on June 21, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets selected Texas center Jarrett Allen with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, where they hope to have landed a big man who has slipped a little under the radar.

Social media offered some thoughts on Brooklyn's addition of Allen:

Allen averaged 13.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in his lone season in Austin. His combination of size and athletic ability made him a first-round lock, but where he fell on draft night was always a bit up in the air.

ESPN's Chad Ford had him ranked 20th on his draft board coming into Thursday night. Most mocks projected him to go somewhere between the late lottery and early 20s, with the former always more likely than the latter given the tantalizing nature of his length and athleticism.

"When Jarrett chose to come to the University of Texas, he expressed a sincere interest in learning and having the absolute best freshman season he could have," Texas coach Shaka Smart said in a statement.

"I’m really pleased with the tremendous growth Jarrett has shown. He has been a joy to coach and I’m excited to watch him continue to develop into the best version of himself at the next level."

Allen is more developmental than ready to go now, so he'll likely spend time in the G-League next season before making any real impact. He's spent most of the draft process attempting to show teams 

"I'm defensively skilled," Allen said, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. "I'm athletic for a big man. I can defend pick and rolls, block shots and bring a level of intensity on the defensive side and offensively that my shot has developed a lot since the end of the season."

The Nets are in an impossible situation right now. They owned the NBA's worst record last season, but Allen was their first pick of the draft because of the ill-fated 2013 trade that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. 

Brooklyn's front office did take steps to address some of the problems, acquiring D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov from the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

With an entire roster still in need of repair, the Nets were able to play the board however they wanted. Allen has a lot of work to do if he wants to become a starter in the NBA, but he's going to a team that can afford to wait on him to develop. 

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