He’s only in its second season and Allen put on a rebounding clinic in Saturday’s 87-76 win over the Charlotte Bobcats with 22 rebounds including 11 on the defensive end.
Allen was boxing out like a veteran all night, although he tried to downplay the performance by saying all he was doing was putting his hands up and letting the ball come to him. He claimed to simply being at the right place, right time.
Allen’s previous high for rebounds in a single game was 13.
Granted, this was against the Bobcats but 22 rebounds in a single game is still a lot boards against anyone.
In late November and early December, he had games of 10 and 11 rebounds. By the way on Saturday, he also scored 14 points, had three assists and blocked one shot.
Players like Allen have to come up big with the Sixers missing key players to injury, most notably guard Jason Richardson, who is also out for the season with left knee synovitis.
Remarkably, those Saturday figures are away above Allen’s season averages. He entered the game with only 6.7 points and 5.6 boards an outing.
Allen has improved his numbers from last year, but only slightly when he had 4.1 points and 5.7 boards. It’s possible his 22-rebounding effort against the Bobcats will keep him in the right direction and make all of his numbers healthier. If that happens, a Sixers team reeling from injuries is likely to see a healthier win-loss record.