Former Duke basketball star Grayson Allen makes COVID-19 donation

Former Duke basketball star Grayson Allen (Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball star Grayson Allen (Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball star Grayson Allen contributed to the COVID-19 relief fund with a large donation.

As coronavirus cases rise around the country, former Duke basketball guard and current Memphis Grizzlies star Grayson Allen is stepping up to help those in his community,

Allen is partnering with Lineage Logistics and Feeding America to donate 333,333 meals to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tennessee.

The number of meals that Allen is donating is in correlation with his No. 3 jersey that he wore at Duke and also in his first year with the Grizzlies.

Grayson Allen noted that it was important for him to help make an impact in Memphis, which has been his home since being traded to the franchise from the Utah Jazz last summer in the Mike Conley blockbuster.

Unfortunately for Allen, his second season in the NBA has not gone as smooth as he would have liked after suffering a hip injury which sidelined him indefinitely.

The former No. 21 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft was ruled out for the season, but it is not known if he will be able to play in the NBA’s resumed season in Orlando at the end of July.

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In 30 games with Memphis, Allen averaged 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists on 44.9 percent shooting from the field and 36.3 percent from 3-point range.

Grayson Allen’s teammate at Duke, Justise Winslow, who was traded to the Grizzlies at the NBA Trading Deadline, is expected to play in Orlando after only playing 11 games this season, none with Memphis and none since January 8.

Winslow also made a large contribution of 600,000 meals to his hometown of Houston to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Memphis Grizzlies are currently holding the No. 8 and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, three and a half games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Sacramento Kings.

The NBA is scheduled to restart its season on July 30 from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, inside Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.