A 14-game stretch from January 23 to February 26 had some of Jarrett Allen’s best showings. He scored a career-high 20 points on February 2, and that came on the heels of a 16-point, 12-rebound performance the game before. About a week later, Allen erupted for 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists against the Detroit Pistons, marking his best all-around performance of the season.
Those games were beyond entertaining because Allen looked confident. He’d catch the ball around the basket, pivot a few times and go up strong. That patience and aggressiveness weren’t present at the start of the campaign. And there’s a strong chance that his disrespectful posterization of Markkanen wouldn’t have happened in November or December.