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.
The Sixers are busy just days before the start of training camp.
The team plans to sign veteran forward Kris Humphries to a non-guaranteed deal, according to The Vertical.
Humphries fits with the Sixers’ plan for a versatile system. At 6-foot-9, he can knock down a long-range shot. Last season on the Hawks, he averaged 42.9 percent from 16 feet from the rim to the three-point line and 35.2 percent from three, according to Basketball-Reference.com.
Humphries also averaged 3.7 boards in 12.3 minutes. The 32-year-old is entering his 14th NBA season and will add to the Sixers’ growing group of veteran players.
The Sixers also signed 6-foot-1 guard Jacob Pullen, who was a member of BC Khimki in the VTB United League (Russia) last season. Pullen, 27, also has played in Italy, Israel, Spain, and Croatia. He was a standout at Kansas State (2007-11) and reached the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons.
Pullen has been getting acclimated to the city. Earlier this month, he tweeted:
The Sixers will hold their media day Monday and open training camp Tuesday.
If you’re a die-hard Process believer who can’t wait for the Sixers' preseason opener, you’ll have a chance to see the team in action three days prior, albeit in a scrimmage.
The Sixers announced Thursday that they will be holding a Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 1 at the Palestra from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets will be free to the public.
“The building strongly represents the toughness and perseverance of the city of Philadelphia and of the 76ers organization,” coach Brett Brown said.
While Joel Embiid likely won't play in the scrimmage (see story), the event is a good opportunity to see No. 1 picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. Fultz’s summer league campaign was cut short by a sprained left ankle.
The scrimmage is also an early chance to get a sense of what Brown’s rotation may look like this year, his fifth with the Sixers and first in non-tanking mode.
The preseason will begin at Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 4, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first game of the regular season is on Oct. 18, a nationally televised contest vs. the Wizards in Washington, D.C.