Jarrett Allen is best used with the Cleveland Cavaliers
One of the arguments for trading Jarrett Allen is that he’s an “old school” center. A center that lacks finesse, an offensive touch from outside the paint, and an ability to create opportunities through his passing. Allen can’t do any of that. Allen isn’t Nikola Jokic, but no one but Jokic is. Allen is a sturdy, defensive-minded, and high-motor player. That’s exactly what this team needs.
His job is to plant himself in and around the paint and detour guys from going to the rim and he was very good at doing that during the regular season. Before the Knicks series, everyone thought he was an All-Defensive Team-type player, but all of a sudden after one bad series, he’s not? No, he still is, but the series was too big for the Cavs and it showed with all of the players, not just Allen.
Yet, despite being a great defensive center, his lack of offensive game has fans calling for him to be traded. And to which I ask, who would want someone so bad on offense? The Cavs can upgrade their scoring without trading Allen, so why would you trade Allen, unless it’s because you don’t think he’s that good?
And if he’s not that good, why would another team trade for him? Or at the very least, why would they trade prized assets for Allen? Either Allen is good enough to keep, or he’s so bad he won’t fetch anything back worth having in return. It can’t be both.
You could argue that some teams may get more out of Allen depending on the scheme they run, but to that, I would say that no one got the most out of Allen than the Cavaliers, so why would you think anyone could do better? And if we can see that, don’t you think other NBA teams can?