The Sixers are staying positive amid up-and-down preseason
Lavoy Allen is averaging four rebounds in 17 minutes per game during the preseason. (USA Today Images)
Lavoy Allen is averaging four rebounds in 17 minutes per game in the preseason. Spencer Hawes (6.8), Evan Turner (6.5) and Hollis Thompson (5.3) are all averaging more boards than the 6-foot-9 forward/center.
Allen hurt his knee early in training camp, but insists he is close to 100 percent healthy. The third-year veteran admitted his play has not been up to par.
“Not too good,” Allen said when asked to evaluate his play thus far in the preseason. “I could improve. I am trying to get my conditioning back. I sat out for awhile, it is more a conditioning thing than the knee.”
Allen started 37 games in his second NBA season, averaging 5.8 points and five rebounds in 21.1 minutes a night.
He won’t start for Brett Brown, but Allen could certainly contribute on a team that can use his experience and ability to rebound.
The problem is the former Temple product just hasn’t delivered.
“I am trying to help him be put in positions where he can do well,” Brown said. “I am trying to help him understand what we need from him defensively. It is really the same story I tell all of our guys, we have a long way to go defensively.”
The Sixers have two preseason games remaining. They face the Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 21 and then host the Timberwolves on Oct. 23 at the Wells Fargo Center.