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Lavoy Allen’s not conceding the starting gig yet, no matter what coach Collins says

Aug 5, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Five

Lavoy Allen made a name for himself in the playoffs last year as “The KG Stopper.” He did a phenomenal job against Garnett, who had been dominant in the playoffs up until that point. Naturally, Doug Collins went away from Allen and played Spencer Hawes for longer stretches, despite Garnett taking Hawes’ lunch money and throwing him in the deep puddle in the parking lot. Which isn’t some huge knock. It’s Kevin Garnett.

But apparently that wasn’t enough for Doug Collins, who said that Hawes and newcomer Kwame Brown will start next year, making for a killer combination of players with terrible production relative to their draft stock. Both players are capable, Hawes offensively, Brown defensively, but Allen has higher upside and brought more to the table last year.

Allen, though, isn’t bothered by his coach’s comments. From CSN Philadelphia:

“It doesn’t bother me,” Allen said while at an appearance for a basketball showcase at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in South Jersey on Saturday afternoon. “You never know what can happen once training camp rolls around. You don’t know who’s going to do what. Coach says that now, but you never know what he’s thinking. He switched the lineup many times last year.”

via Allen on not starting: ‘Coach says that now’.

What’s the over/under on how long until Allen cements the starting job? 25 games? Maybe 40? It’s entirely possible that Allen takes a step back, he didn’t set the world on fire last season or anything, he just played well and with an aggressiveness the Sixers need down low. But Hawes also played above his career production last season. It’ll be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out during the course of the season. But if the Sixers face the Celtics in the playoffs again and the same decision tree is used, Garnett could once again feast and be the deciding factor.

  1. phillyrox - Aug 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Might not be the most talented guy in the league but this kid is tough and has balls. Doesn’t shy away from big moments or get intimidated. Making Temple proud.

    • 76ers4life - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Once again 6ers have the players but DC doesn’t play them. Hawes has a bad 1st step,Allen & vucevic need more playing time . Leave holiday & turner up top but let turner handle the rock ,plays better with ball in hand.we don’t need brown to shoot & use young A.I start. Your bench is good enough when it’s time for your starters to rest. If these guys don’t get burn Philly will once again make good talent want to go elsewhere by not playing them.

  2. firewolf777 - Aug 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Temple boy lavoy I really like him and he’s a decent complement player. Will be a starter for a good amount years in his career.

  3. darthsat - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    DC is truly frustrating as a sixers fan. Let this team grow, and promote players with higher ceilings like Lavoy. Enough of this crap with known commodities and glue guys.

  4. nadsiantheory - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    There goes the 6ers shot at winning the East…

    • jmclarkent - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      As of today, this team has regressed. Nick Young and Dorell Wright both play the same position as your best player (Iggy) and your lottery pick who needs to get as much burn as possible (Turner). I guess they could start Nick to add some 3 PT depth and have Turner back up the 1 and 2; I am not sure that would be as effective as Lou last year.

      Finally, even his advanced age, I’d take Elton Brand (who I am not a fan of at this stage) over Kwame Brown 10/10 times. Unless they plan to move someone to eliminate that logjam @ the 2/3 (I’d love to move Iggy for a 4 and start Thad @ the 3), this team will struggle.

      If they are stuck with this roster, It would be interesting to see Vucevic and Thad get some pre-season burn @ the 4/5. Though Thad is a bit undersized for the 4 (he plays there frequently) and Vuce is young and raw, they have to have more upside than stinking Kwame Brown…

      • lavoysboy - Aug 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        great points, but just to let you know they will have nick young play the shooting guard position to back up turner and get some scoring off the bench instead of having him play small forward… considering it is DC he will want to start off each game strong on defense, hence he will start turner

  5. dls612 - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Kwame Brown! Stern and him must be buddies, cause this guy is always getting picked up. He’ll definitely make the hall of fame for the wrong reason! Just on of a few bad choices made by the great mj!

  6. somekat - Aug 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Allen won’t start because as he’s proven on numerous stops, Collins has no idea how to run a rotation, and falls in love with guys that have no reason to fall in love with them.

    • controlledchaos123 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Watching Jodie Meeks play for 85% of the season in the starting lineup was really frustrating.

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