Lavoy Allen is in a contract season and his antics this preseason made him look like he wasn’t serious about playing in the NBA. He’s starting to prove doubters wrong after having two solid games.
Allen sparked the Philadelphia 76ers bench scoring 10 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out two assists while shooting 83 percent in 19 minutes in a win against the Washington Wizards Friday night. He scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes against Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat in the season opener.
Perhaps the biggest improvement Allen has made is his ability to stay out of foul trouble. He had two personal fouls against the Heat and none against the Wizards. The Sixers made a comeback against the Wizards, so fouling is usually expected for teams trying to claw their way back to a lead, but Allen kept his composure and found a way to stay in the game.
He had many games last season where he would get four to five fouls against most playoff-bound teams, including five against the Wizards. Allen seemed more comfortable against the Wizards and his motor could be the fact he’s in a contract season. The Sixers will need more games out of Allen like Friday’s if they’re to add to their undefeated 2-0 record.
This is still early, but it’s looking like a good sign considering Allen was recovering from a leg injury this summer. He came into training camp out of shape and overweight and missed practice from allegedly partying at Temple University the night before.
The Allen the Sixers are seeing will certainly contribute to more wins. He just needs to realize this is the most important season in his career; not just for himself, but possibly being a part of something historic.