09/12/13 3:37 pm EST
Every single player in the NBA will tell you, that it’s a long road full of hard work to get to where they are today. There are plenty of dreamers in every city in America who hope to one day make it to the League, spending hours and hours each day perfecting their craft in order to move themselves closer to their ultimate goal. Some have the height, some have the talent, some have the heart and determination, but a very minuscule number actually get the chance to play in the League and an even smaller number actually get their names called on draft night every year.
Lavoy Allen is one of those exceptions. In 2011, the Sixers selected Allen with the 50th pick in the 2nd round. 11 picks later and he would’ve missed the cut, having to prove everything he could at an NBA team’s invitation to training camp that he’s worth a contract as an Undrafted FA. ESPN, as his former Twitter handle read, even ranked him as the worst player in the NBA before his rookie year began, as “Mr. 500″.
Yet, here Allen is, about to embark on his third season in the League and not letting the odds or critics bring him down.
Allen averaged career highs in points (5.8) and rebounds (5) per game last season for the Sixers while starting in 37 games.
Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin got a chance to catch up with Allen on Tuesday night, where he was a panel speaker for the Beyond Sports Summit — an event which raises awareness on the impact that sports has in being a catalyst towards social change throughout the world.