Philadelphia 76ers Need to Bench Lavoy Allen for Good
Although it was a rough season all the way around for the majority of the Philadelphia 76ers team, one major disappointment was the regression of Lavoy Allen.
After being selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft out of the University of Temple, Allen had sort of pedestrian numbers during his rookie campaign: 4.1 points, 4.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.
Allen really made a name for himself in the postseason. He averaged 6.3 points, 4.9 rebounds while shooting 56% from the field. More importantly, he provided physical toughness when the team needed it most. He got in the face of Kevin Garnett and really grew up before our very eyes during that Eastern Conference Semifinals.
But all of that has appeared to be a wash as Allen severely regressed in his sophomore season. Allen’s minutes went up to 21.1 and his numbers only increased by 1.7 points and .8 rebounds. His field goal percentage went down to 45% and he came up soft on almost every occasion on the defensive end. There were games this season where he played 15+ minutes without grabbing a single rebound.
Allen just has not done anything to warrant any sort of playing time in the future. The 76ers completely dropped the ball by not only trading Nikola Vucevic, but giving Allen a two-year $6 million contract extension based off of 11 strong postseason games. Vucevic has become one of the best rebounders in the league while Allen has lost his ability to even be a role player in this league.
With an Andrew Bynum re-signing still a possibility, Spencer Hawes still on the roster and the developing talent of Arnett Moultrie, there honestly are no minutes to give to Allen next year. If the 76ers have no problem with Kwame Brown sitting on the bench and collecting his $3 million next year, clearly they can do the same thing with Lavoy Allen.
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