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Lavoy Allen: Excellent pick

After calming down and looking at Vuvecic's workouts and seeing the guy's fairly coordinated,  aggressive in the low block and actually has good jumpshooting form and isn't just "a big that can shoot" ,   I thought about our second round pick, Lavoy Allen.  I lamented on draft night that's he a tweener. I mean unless the guy bulks up(he reportedly weighs 220) then he's no center.   And he's more of a big man, so it's not like he's a SF.  He's an undersized PF.(At least in terms of weigh and bulk.   Both could use improvement.) . But then I remember a post made by a SB Philly Writer talking about how Vuvecic's slow feet would make him another vulnerable big man in Pick N Roll defensive situations.    And then I looked at Lavoy Allen, if there was a player in this draft that could complement Nik and his defensive shortcomings,  maybe it was Allen.  




http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Lavoy-Allen-5781/

Lavoy appears to be a guy that can mix it up inside, with strength and understanding of body positioning to get position in the post.    He was much more of a finese guy though and that's something to watch. To see if he can balance both.  Defensively, Lavoy doesn't have great lateral quickness but as I thought he appears to  have just enough and his long length.  The reason the Sixers liked Lavoy was his synergy with Nik.   Lavoy will give us a big that can actually cover(although not ideally most likely) the pick and roll. 

Most scouts feel as though Lavoy has first round talent,  but Lavoy hasn't taken the assertiveness because of his wanting to be a part of the team.   And that might be good to start off, but I hope the kid learns that the game of basketball is about being assertive.

That's what Turner learned, as during his first 3 months of the season he wasn't very effective because of his timidness and often wanting to cop-out and just be a jumpshooter. But as Turner became more aggressive, we started to see the light. 

Lavoy to me, if he puts it all together could be a Chuck Hayes kind of guy.   Someone that's a good defender, somewhat of a shooter and can score easy buckets for a team.     Lavoy could definately make this team and judging by his willingness to work out  2 times, he really wanted this opportunity.   That want will start to turn into a desire and we'll get the real Lavoy.

And we maybe wouldn't have gotten that Lavoy had we just signed him.   

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