Player Review 2014: Lavoy Allen
Years pro: 3
Status: Is a restricted free agent, coming off his rookie contract.
Key stats: Averaged 2.9 points in 14 appearances with the Pacers, and 5.2 points in 51 games with Philadelphia.
It would be easy to dismiss Lavoy Allen as a here-and-gone journeyman who won't be seen again around these parts. But he left the impression he's got more than he was able to show.
Allen was regarded by some as a throw-in to the deal that sent Danny Granger to Philadelphia for Evan Turner, but team president Larry Bird regarded him as a potentially valuable emergency center if Andrew Bynum's knees didn't hold up. They didn't, but Allen still only got a few opportunities to show anything with the Pacers.
Photo Gallery: Lavoy Allen with the Pacers »
There was the return to Philadelphia just a few weeks after the trade, when he played 17 ½ minutes, hit all six of his field goal attempts and scored 13 points. And the game at Milwaukee, when the starters were held out and he played 28 minutes and scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Or that season-ending game in Orlando when three starters were rested and he played 28 minutes and scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Combine those displays with his performances for Philadelphia, where he had seven double-figure scoring games and two double-doubles, and you get the impression he can play if given enough time to break a sweat. Particularly when you consider his playoff performances as a rookie in 2012, when he generated headlines for his defense of Boston's Kevin Garnett. Don't believe it? Google it. He averaged 6.3 points on 56 percent shooting in 12 postseason games that year, playing nearly 20 minutes per game
Allen was the perfect end-of-bench “non-player” in that he knew his role with the Pacers from the time he was acquired in the trade. No complaints were heard from his locker stall following all those games in which he didn't play, and he seemed to mesh well with his teammates. He's quiet and unassuming, kind of an opposite personality from Turner, so he should be a good fit wherever he goes.
The Pacers could do worse than to offer him a minimum contract, it seems. At 6-9 he's a power forward, but can play some center. He'll hit mid-range shots, get his share of rebounds and do as he's told, even if it's to not check into a game.