He was the villain. For the better part of his college career, Grayson Allen was the player that everyone loved to hate. Like Christian Laettner and J.J. Redick before him, Allen fell into the role as the Duke target whether he liked it or not. That being said, he wasn’t entirely without fault. He only had himself to blame for losing his cool and tripping a couple of opponents during his junior season. He’s aware of this, and those who know him best continue to swear by his character.
But we’re not here to discuss Grayson Allen at the college level; let’s look at a few teams who might have their eye on him as a potential draft pick next week.
Philadelphia 76ers – no. 26 pick
The 76ers were a young and exciting team to follow this season. If Allen gets taken by Philadelphia, he could find himself getting considerable minutes right out of the gate. J.J. Redick is an unrestricted free agent and if he should decide to go elsewhere this summer, drafting a shooter to take his place could make a lot of sense. Allen is athletic with decent size at 6’5″ at the shooting guard position and he could fit right in with this up and coming squad.
Boston Celtics – no. 27 pick
Allen showed out at the combine and impressed with his athleticism. He posted the quickest time in the lane agility drill and has already displayed his vertical abilities at the collegiate level. He would provide more young athleticism to a team that’s loaded with it and could contribute significantly as a rookie. Boston has already seen firsthand the success of another rookie out of Duke in Jayson Tatum; bringing in his college teammate from last season could spell more success for the Celtics.
Golden State Warriors – no. 28 pick
It isn’t exactly a secret that the back-to-back NBA champions are over the luxury tax with their star-studded lineup. They will be looking for someone who can contribute right away and will only need a cheap rookie contract. Allen fits right in here with the quick-trigger, 3-point heavy offense in Golden State. He can handle the ball fairly well and could play off of players like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. The Warriors have had a stellar supporting cast on their bench the last several seasons; adding Allen would give them an experienced player that can shoot and keep up on the pro level athletically.
Grayson Allen had his difficulties in college. His emotions got the best of him a few times and he had some slumps in his performance as a result. But he played four years at Duke under Coach K, won a national championship, and has played as a leader for many star-studded lineups the last several seasons. He has a lot to bring to the NBA level; look for him to make an impact right away.