Grayson Allen Almost Gets Triple-Double in Jazz Debut vs. Lonnie Walker, Spurs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JULY 2:  Grayson Allen #24 of the Utah Jazz handles the ball during the game against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2018 Utah Jazz Summer League on July 2, 2018 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Utah Jazz rookie Grayson Allen and San Antonio Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV made their pro debuts in Utah Summer League play on Monday night, with Allen and the Jazz earning the win, 92-76.

Allen won the head-to-head matchup as well, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Utah Jazz @utahjazz

.@GraysonJAllen checks out with a near triple-double in his @UtahJazzSL debut: 11p | 8r | 7a #TakeNote https://t.co/SOhmT7Z2uA

Andy Bailey @AndrewDBailey

Grayson Allen right now... https://t.co/9gj3hqdZ28

Neither player shot well from the field, with Allen finishing just 4-of-16 and Walker (seven points, three rebounds, two assists) shooting 3-of-16.


.@lonniewalker_4 stops and pops for his first #NBASummer points! https://t.co/ojb3fMi2YA

The rookies built a house with all of those bricks in their debut performances.

Donovan Mitchell had words of encouragement for Walker after the contest, however:


β€œEnjoy it... this is your life.” @spidadmitchell to @lonniewalker_4. #NBASummer https://t.co/UePhRrpUwY

And this floater from Allen was nice:

Utah Jazz @utahjazz

Floater for @GraysonJAllen! #TakeNote https://t.co/oOeWUBfAGd

Allen, who spent his college career playing at Duke, also seemed to struggle with the altitude throughout the game:

Ben Dowsett @Ben_Dowsett

Allen looks gassed after an 8-minute stretch here. First time playing at altitude, understandable to a degree.

Nonetheless, Allen's ability to impact the game in multiple ways was a major positive that overshadowed a tough shooting night. Walker's performance was a bit more nondescript, though his upside obviously remains enticing.