Lavoy Allen Is Better As A Defensive Stopper

By Alan Gung
Lavoy Allen
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Lavoy Allen was a great player in college, but he is barely making noise in the NBA. Part of the problem is his role.

Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown and former coach Doug Collins look at Allen as an interior player on both ends of the floor, however, he’s more comfortable being a rebounder and shot-blocker. This is what made Allen such an effective player at Temple University.

Allen’s role has been limited. Brown uses Allen more as a last resort on offense, forcing him to settle for jumpers rather than utilize his size in the paint. He can knock down the jumpers occasionally, but his post game is better.

Brown needs to allow Allen to play freely as a center as opposed to a small forward where he is forced to settle for jumpers and as a passer.

At Temple, Allen averaged a double-double his senior season where he averaged 11.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He was never a high scorer, but more of rebounder.

He’s averaging 5.1 points and 5.5 rebounds this season, and that includes a 10-rebound game against the Charlotte Bobcats Friday night. While Allen’s stats don’t seem like much this year, he can produce some big numbers like what he posted against the Bobcats.

The 6-foot-9 forward/center had a couple good games, but the most impressive is in the close loss to the NBA best Indiana Pacers. Allen held his own against the 7-foot-2 oversized center Roy Hibbert. Allen scored four points, but pulled down nine rebounds, had a steal and two blocks while being limited due to foul trouble.

Allen will be a free agent in the summer, so he will need to improve his post game and work on his defensive positioning if he is to remain in the NBA, but his coach could help him out.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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