It didn’t take long for Grayson Allen to get into his first NBA scuffle.
Playing his second Summer League game, the Utah Jazz rookie got into a brief tussle with Atlanta Hawks counterpart Trae Young on Thursday night. Both rookies received a technical foul for the incident during Utah’s 92-87 win in Salt Lake City.
Allen was guarding Young at the top of the arc early in the third quarter. When Young rose up to shoot, his arm got tangled up with Allen’s, and the two scuffled a moment as Young tried to wrestle free.
Teammates moved quickly to separate the pair, while referees also intervened. Both were assessed a technical, with Allen also receiving a personal foul.
Allen downplayed the incident after the game.
“It’s nothing. You saw me and him after the game high-five, hug it up, smiling,” Allen said. “Nothing more than a play in a very competitive and physical game.”
Young noted Allen’s reputation from three notable tripping incidents at Duke, but ultimately downplayed Thursday’s incident as well.
“That’s not the first time Grayson has gotten tangled up with someone, but it’s not the first time and last time I’m going to get tangled up with someone,” Young said. “It’s going to happen. This is the NBA. It’s going to be a physical game. Grayson is a physical player. I’m a physical player.”
Utah Jazz rookie Grayson Allen describes the play with Atlanta Hawks lottery pick Trae Young tonight where they got tangled up as “nothing more than a play in a very competitive and physical game.”
In non-skirmish action, neither first-round pick shot the ball well. Allen, the 21st pick, was 2-of-13 overall and 0-of-2 from 3-point range for nine points. He added eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Young, chosen fifth by the Mavericks and traded, was 3-of-16 from the field and 1-of-8 from long distance for 10 points. He also had seven assists and four rebounds.
Both players are off to brutal shooting starts this summer. In two games, Allen is 6-of-29 (20.7%) overall and 2-of-8 (25%) from long range. In three games, Young is 12-of-52 (23.1%) overall and 3-of-24 (12.5%) from deep.