Monday, July 6, 2015

Eight Owls Who Became Sixers

Lavoy Allen is the eighth Temple basketball player to also play for the 76ers.

Eight Owls Who Became Sixers

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Lavoy Allen, who was a large part of the Sixers' Game 2 victory in Boston Monday, is the eighth of the 34 Temple basketball player to go on to the NBA to also play for the 76ers at some point.

Those eight with their regular season numbers for the Sixers:

 Player  Class of    With Sixers     Games   Points 
 Jerry Baskerville 1974  1975-76  21   26 
 Ollie Johnson 1973  1980-82  66  263 
 Tim Perry 1988  1992-95  211  1545 
 Aaron McKie 1994  1997-05  536  4143 
 William Cunningham     1996  1998      
 Pepe Sanchez 2000  2000-01  24  20 
 Marc Jackson 1997  2003-05  103  1175 
 Lavoy Allen 2011  2011-12  41  169 
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