Sixers Notes: Sixers counting on Lavoy Allen to improve

Evan Turner fouls the Hawks' Josh Smith. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Evan Turner fouls the Hawks' Josh Smith. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer) (Daily News/Inquirer)
Posted: April 12, 2013

One of the primary challenges for the 76ers over the summer and into next season will be to push forward/center Lavoy Allen not to level off too soon.

Allen was one of the team's biggest surprises last season as a rookie who was selected with the 50th pick in the 2011 draft. The Sixers rewarded him with a two-year, $6 million contract, but Allen has shown only marginal improvement this season.

Allen averaged 4.1 points and 4.9 rebounds as a rookie; he was averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds through 74 games.

"He's got to play with motor," coach Doug Collins said. "We need him. Our big guys are so important to us. He can shoot. He has a good feel for the game. With Lavoy, it's never just about the talent."

Allen said that becoming a new father over the summer may have cost him some conditioning. He said he plans to work with associate head coach Mike Curry on his skills and to hit the weight room more.

"I'll be more focused," Allen said. "I just have to keep working out and getting in better shape."

Remembering '83

The Sixers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1982-83 title team and honor its members on Sunday in the team's final home game of the season, against Cleveland. Julius Erving and Moses Malone will be among the players recognized at halftime.

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