The 2018-19 NBA season is only minutes old, but we already have a contender for block of the year.
This one, courtesy of Brooklyn Nets’ C Jarrett Allen at the expense of the Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin, is about as decisive a block made against a star player as you’ll find.
And against one of the NBA’s top slam dunk artists, the move feels even more impressive.
But don’t just take our word for it:
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The 20-year-old Allen is in his second year with the Nets after being drafted in the first round in 2017.
And even though Allen only has an inch of height advantage against the long-armed, five-time NBA All-Star in Griffin, the move definitely invigorated the Nets.
Griffin is renown for his dunking prowess. In addition to a stellar highlight reel, he won the 2011 Slam Dunk Competition.
Allen, to his credit, was a star at Texas, earning Third-team All Big 12 honors in 2017 while averaging 13.4 points per game and 1.5 blocks per game.