How Will Lavoy Allen’s Injury Affect Philadelphia 76ers?
Lavoy Allen is latest Philadelphia 76ers player to be bitten by the injury bug. He has been out for the last two games due to a sore calf muscle. The Sixers can credit all of their woes to injuries this season.
The 6-foot-9, 255-pound big man has been dealing with various injuries since this offseason. Allen has been an important piece of the Sixers bench despite their 12-25 record. He’s averaging 5.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.46 blocks per game in 35 games. He’s been getting as many minutes as Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes’ backup. Allen suffered his injury during Tuesday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He’s been contributing to a Sixers team that is in the top 10 in rebounding. Allen hasn’t shown improvement this season, particularly in the last four games. He’s still an integral part of an undersized team. He recently burst out for 10 points and six rebounds in the win against the Sacramento Kings.
The Sixers are down to Hawes, Young and Brandon Davies in their frontcourt. Power forward/center Arnett Moultrie is expected to be back soon. He too has been recovering from an injury. Bench scorer Tony Wroten has returned though. He had 11 points and four assists in 12 minutes in the 102-92 loss to the New York Knicks.
Half of the roster has been dealing with injuries this season. Aside from Allen and Moultrie’s injuries, Nerlens Noel won’t be back until next season and scorer Jason Richardson most likely won’t be back until after the NBA All-Star break. The Sixers need to find at some bench depth either through the draft or in the free agent market during the summer.