The Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers sealed the deal on a trade that essentially swapped Danny Granger for Evan Turner. However, another current player was involved in the move — that being Lavoy Allen.
Allen is set to join the Pacers with Turner, although both are unlikely to play Saturday night when Indiana travels to Milwaukee for a contest with the struggling Bucks.
Nevertheless, Allen is still an important piece in the deal, providing the Pacers with even more depth in the frontcourt and a bigger advantage in the rebounding category. Lavoy Allen stands at 6-9 and weighs in around 255 pounds, proving himself to be a big body that can block out and crash the boards at will.
Allen’s playing time currently looks sparse, with David West, Luis Scola and, presumably, Chris Copeland all ahead of him on the depth chart. But the Indiana mantra is defense first, followed by rebounding, trusting one another on offense, etc.
That is exactly what Allen brings to the table. He is a defensive-minded, hard-nosed competitor that gives Indiana options at the four (power forward). Allen could most certainly give opponents even more fits around the rim with his rebounding ability and blue-collar attitude.
Like Turner, Lavoy Allen is also 25 years young. West and Scola are approaching their mid-30s and Copeland is more a sophomore in the league than a proven veteran.
Allen is averaging 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 171 appearances in the NBA. In his last 10 games, all with the 76ers, Allen has posted 6.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in just under 21 minutes a game.
These are solid numbers, folks. Lavoy Allen could approach this as a win-win for himself and Indiana. The Pacers receive more depth at the four spot, while Allen joins arguably the best team in the league. With Scola fighting an elbow injury, Allen may see the floor sooner than later.
Lavoy Allen could seize his opportunity with Indiana, as his stock may be pointing up.