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Celtics Player Review: Tony Allen

Tony Allen went through a year of recovery this past season after a devastating knee injury derailed his 2006-2007 campaign. Allen did come back to play through the entire 2007-2008 season but his numbers were down from how he played before his injury.

Before his injury, Allen was basically the team’s best player after Paul Pierce went down with an ankle injury. Allen really stepped up and provided an offensive spark that the Celtics needed without their captain. However, his knee injury suffered when attempting a stupid dunk slowed his development significantly. He lost confidence that he could sprint and drive to the lane on his recovering knee. It’s a good thing that he was not needed as much to step up after the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Throughout the season, Allen was forced to wear a knee brace to keep his knee from getting hurt again. Tony finally removed his brace toward the late stages of the playoffs and that most likely shows that he has fully recovered.

Allen was a guy that could come in for the Celtics to make defensive stops thanks to his great defensive skills. While he was not a guy that could really put up some fast points for the Celtics, he still could find ways to score. He finished the season with averages of 6.6 points, 2.2. rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He played in 75 games this season and saw action in 15 of the Celtics playoff games.

Where does Allen go from here?

Tony Allen may have already played his last game in Boston, unless the Celtics do not manage to re-sign James Posey. Allen is a very good perimeter defender and was able to slow down Kobe Bryant a bit in the NBA Finals. The future of Allen and the Celtics is still up for grabs as he is one of their free agents this off season. We will see what the Celtics decide to do with Allen and whether he will continue to be a member of the Green next season.

Should the Celtics re-sign Tony Allen?

  • Yes, even if they sign James Posey. (65%, 32 Votes)
  • Yes, if they don't sign James Posey. (16%, 8 Votes)
  • Not at all, he's not needed. (12%, 6 Votes)
  • No, let him go if they sign James Posey. (6%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

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5 comments for “Celtics Player Review: Tony Allen”

  1. The C’s need to sign James Posey and Tony Allen. I know I know it’s some cash, but still, step up to the plate, pay them their due and let’s get on with winning banner #18. I want to be the thorn in Kobe’s side that forces him to not get another ring…you know, not get one withoout Shaq…hahahaha!!!

    Posted by Wicked Pissa Dude | July 11, 2008, 8:59 am
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  3. haha yeah Kobe would looooooooove if the Celtics let Tony Allen go and the Lakers snagged him. Then Allen could only guard Kobe in practice, thus making him even better.

    Posted by KC | July 11, 2008, 2:57 pm
  4. Bring Tony back, at a good value of course. Keep Tony until we know that Bill Walker is ready and healthy.

    Posted by Steve | July 11, 2008, 3:11 pm
  5. Tony Allen is a better player than he showed last season, he was still in the recovery mode and I’m sure he will be a much better player next year and could be a starter on some other team.
    Allen while not a good enough perimeter shooter he’s an excellent penetrator and is a good passer and a good offensive rebounder. Everyone knows he plays good one on one defense but he plays very good team defense. Personally I would like Ray Allen to spend time with Tony so he could improve his outside shooting, if Tony had a decent outside shot he would be a very good player on anyone’s team.
    I would like the C’s to keep him and I feel he will make them glad they kept him, the guy can play and will be a very good investment for them.

    Posted by martin kenneth | July 14, 2008, 8:15 pm

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