Throughout his college career at Duke, Utah Jazz draft pick Grayson Allen was known for getting under his opponents’ skin with his physical, in-your-face style.
While Allen’s play didn’t cross the line in Thursday’s final game of the Utah Jazz Summer League, it certainly drew the ire of Atlanta’s Trae Young, the Hawks’ prized first-round draft pick out of Oklahoma. Young and Allen got tied up early in the third quarter, drawing matching technical fouls after a brief shoving match. Cooler heads prevailed, however, and Allen and the Jazz went on to a 92-87 win in front of 12,047 fans at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
“I was into him, and then he did the ‘NBA swing-through’ and we got tangled up, and that’s really about all there was to it,” Allen said. “You saw me and him after the game hugging it up and smiling, so nothing more than a play in a very competitive and physical game.”
The Jazz (2-1) led virtually the entire way as Atlanta (0-3) struggled mightily from the field. Young was limited to just 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting, including a 1-of-8 mark from 3-point range.
“You know what (Young) can do — I saw him play a ton at Oklahoma on TV,” Allen said. “I know he’s a great scorer and a great passer and really tough to guard up top, so I knew it was going to be a tough matchup and I really tried to lock in.”
Utah’s Stanton Kidd, Georges Niang and Tony Bradley each had 15 points in the victory, with Bradley also pulling down 12 rebounds. Trey Lewis added 11 points off the bench, while Allen once again stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, six rebounds, eight assists and three steals. For Kidd, a Colorado State product who has spent the past three seasons playing in Belgium, Germany and Turkey, the summer league has provided a nice opportunity to show off his skills for NBA scouts after he went undrafted out of college in 2015.
“First of all, I want to thank (the Jazz) for bringing me in,” Kidd said. “(My strengths are) just being a lockdown defender and hitting open shots, just trying to help guys do different things.”
Bradley also made an impression on summer-league coach Mike Wells with his improved play.
“Tony, for a three-game set, I thought he did an excellent job just taking a step forward,” Wells said.
Tyler Dorsey led Atlanta with 17 points. Jaylen Morris and Antonius Cleveland each had 14 and Jock Landale had 11.
Both teams traveled to Las Vegas to continue summer-league play. The Jazz fell 93-78 to Portland on Saturday in a game that saw Portland’s Wade Baldwin IV ejected late in the fourth quarter for an altercation with Allen. Utah bounced back with a 90-85 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday, and the Jazz wrapped up preliminary-round play against the Miami Heat on Tuesday afternoon.
San Antonio 94, Memphis 87
Derrick White had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Spurs past the Grizzlies on Thursday to wrap up both teams’ stay in Salt Lake City.
San Antonio (2-1) led by as many as 18 points after Memphis (2-1) built an early six-point lead. Spurs first-round draft pick Lonnie Walker IV had 14 points in the win, and Jaron Blossomgame added 10.
Grizzlies forward Wayne Selden had 26 points, including a blistering 6-of-7 effort from 3-point range. However, the rest of the Memphis roster was just 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. Kobi Simmons and Brady Heslip each scored 10 points for the Grizzlies.