Exclusive: Nets’ Allen in good shot-blocking company

Nets big man Jarrett Allen is averaging 3,.0 blocks through the first three games of the season.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jarrett Allen is just 20 years old, but the Brooklyn Nets center and 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is already having his name mentioned with the greatest to ever play.

How so?

The answer is Allen recorded a double-double with four-or-more blocks during the first two games of this season. Among the others who have accomplished that feat? Hakeem Olajuwon and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to name a few.

“I just went out and played,” Allen told Amico Hoops after the Nets lost to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. “It’s good to have that company of names around my name.”

After a strong rookie campaign of 8.2 points, 5.4 rebound and 1.2 blocks per game, the 6-foot-10 big man is excited about taking the next step.

Through the first three games this year, Allen is averaging 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.

“It helps me know that I have it in me to be able to do that stuff,” Allen told Amico Hoops.

The Nets exercised the option on Allen’s contract last week, meaning he is signed through the 2019-20 season.

Allen and the Nets (1-2) will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Cleveland to play the Cavaliers.