Grayson James Allen (born October 8, 1995) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA). He was a four-year basketball player at Duke University. The Utah Jazz selected Allen with the 21st overall choice in the 2018 NBA draft, and he spent one season with the team before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
High school Basketball career
Allen was named a McDonald’s All-American in 2014 after winning a state championship at Providence School in Jacksonville, Florida the previous year. He beat off future Duke teammate Jahlil Okafor to win the McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Contest.
The Utah Jazz (2018–2019
The Utah Jazz selected Allen with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft on June 21, 2018. Allen signed a three-year, $7.05 million contract with the Jazz on July 2. On October 22, he made his NBA debut, scoring 7 points in 11 minutes off the bench against the Memphis Grizzlies. Allen set a career-high with 40 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block in a 137–143 overtime defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 10, 2019.
The Memphis Grizzlies (2019–2021)
The Memphis Grizzlies announced Allen’s acquisition from the Utah Jazz on July 6, 2019.
On July 11, he was ejected from a Grizzlies-Boston Celtics NBA Summer League game after committing back-to-back flagrant fouls that commentators referred to as “cheap shots.” He made his Grizzlies debut on October 23, with five points, two assists, and one rebound in a 101–120 loss to the Miami Heat.
Allen had a season-high two steals in a 91–120 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on October 29.  In a 99–106 loss against the Chicago Bulls on December 4, he had a season-high seven rebounds. In a 115–124 loss to the Utah Jazz on August 5, 2020, Allen had a season-high 20 points, a career-high six 3-pointers, two rebounds, and one assist in 26 minutes of action. On August 9, he matched this point total in a 99–108 loss to the Toronto Raptors, adding four rebounds and one assist.
Memphis stated on December 16, 2020, that they had activated their team option on Allen for the 2021–22 season. He made his season debut with the Grizzlies on December 23, averaging six points, two rebounds, and five assists in a 119–131 loss against the Spurs. Allen had a career-high four steals in a 110–126 loss against the Utah Jazz on March 27, 2021. In a 131–113 win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 7, he set a season-best with 30 points, four rebounds, and three assists. In a 139–135 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on May 5, he suffered an abdominal injury.
He missed the final seven regular-season games for the Grizzlies but returned in time for the playoffs. Allen set a playoff career-high with 17 points in 29 minutes against his previous team, the Jazz, on May 29. In the playoffs, this was his lone double-digit scoring performance. In the end, the Grizzlies would lose the series in five games.
Milwaukee Bucks (2021–present)
The Grizzlies traded Allen to the Milwaukee Bucks for Sam Merrill and two future second-round draft selections on August 7, 2021. Jon Horst, the Bucks’ general manager, said, “Grayson is a gifted point guard… We’re delighted to welcome him to Milwaukee because of his three-point shooting, intensity, toughness, and basketball IQ.” Allen reportedly signed a two-year, $20 million rookie-scale agreement with the Bucks on October 18. He made his first appearance for the squad the next day, scoring 10 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in a win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Allen was ejected from a game against the Chicago Bulls on January 21, 2022, after fouling opposing guard Alex Caruso and receiving a flagrant 2 foul. After the game, Bulls coach Billy Donovan publicly chastised Allen, citing his history of risky plays and claiming that he “could’ve ruined [Caruso’s] career.” Caruso broke his right wrist and was out for 6 to 8 weeks.
Overall Basketball Career
Allen played in 142 games for Duke over his four years there, averaging 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game. He had a.430 field-goal percentage, a.380 three-point field-goal percentage, and a.834 free-throw %. Allen concluded his Duke career with 1,996 points, good for 12th all-time in scoring for the Blue Devils. Allen appeared in 15 NCAA Tournament games for Duke, helping them win the NCAA National Championship in 2015. In 2016, he became the sixth Blue Devil to receive both All-America and Academic All-America honors in the same season. Allen was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team four times.