Philadelphia 76ers power forward Lavoy Allen is beginning to make critics forget his problems before the season began. He’s improving his game on both ends of the court.
Allen has been taking advantage of the Sixers’ undersized frontcourt and below-average roster. He’s looking comfortable and playing like his days when he was a star at Temple University. His stats haven’t been standing out, but he’s taking a big stride in the paint. He’s averaging 4.8 rebounds per game, including the eight in the loss to the Golden State Warriors, and the five he grabbed in the first half alone against the Washington Wizards.
Allen’s field goal percentage has also drastically gone up above his career average of 46.2-percent. He’s shooting an impressive 58.8-percent. The Sixers should utilize his outside game more as he can knock the shots as far away as the three. He shot 40 and 33-percent for two years at Temple. He looked comfortable in his first field goal against the Wizards tonight as he knocked down an 18-footer from the top of the key with no problem.
One major area he needs improvement on is man-to-man defense. He seemed out of place a few times when he attempted to play defense. The Sixers are slim on the front line as they have to rely on Allen, Spencer Hawes, Daniel Orton and Thaddeus Young, but haven’t been using Allen as much. He’s seeing less playing time so far, averaging 18.3 minutes in the first four games played, below the 19.1 in his career.
Allen should be given more minutes as he can relieve Young, and the Sixers could get maximum use from him.