Prior to the Nets' game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, interim head coach Jacque Vaughn told reporters that DeAndre Jordan will start at center over Jarrett Allen.
Jordan has started just four games this season, while playing in 54 total games. The 31-year-old veteran is averaging 8.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season in 21.8 minutes per game.
This is Vaughn's first move as interim head coach after the team parted ways with Kenny Atkinson on Saturday morning.
"I think the first part is we'll start DJ at the center position tonight," Vaughn said to media. "So that's a change immediately, hopefully that impacts us on both ends of the floor. We were able to walk through a little bit of some defensive changes and also some coverages a little bit, and we'll continue to grow from there."
Allen had previously started the Nets' last 29-straight games, and has started 58 of the Nets' 62 games this season. The 21-year-old from the University of Texas is averaging 10.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game this season in 25.9 minutes per game.
Allen started all 80 of the games he played in during the 2018-19 season, when the Nets went 42-40 and were the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Nets are currently 28-34 and the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, with the Orlando Magic 0.5 games behind them and the Washington Wizards five games back.