For some people, 'good' simply doesn't cut it.
For the average player in Big V, you would be pretty happy with your season if you dropped in 20 points a game (4 games above 30), being nominated for All-star guard whilst leading your team to a playoff berth. You’d finish up at the end of the season, look in the mirror, pat yourself on the back, head overseas and reminisce about how awesome you are.
But Jay Allen isn’t like most players. There’s an unwavering drive to improve, a desire that has built a long period of success for the wily veteran and spiritual leader of the Hawthorn Magic senior men side.
In a division that probably has never been stronger, only five guys can boast an average of 20 or more. Three of those have been brought to the country for the sole purpose of playing basketball and two of the five didn’t make finals. Jay Allen is a born and bred Magic junior who played in the clubs very first junior team in 1991. No bells and whistles, just the ability to play hard and make shooting look as easy as throwing a beach ball in the ocean while sitting in a small dinghy.
Despite all these accomplishments and experiences, 20 points an outing isn’t getting it done as far as Jay Allen is concerned.
“As a whole I had a good year, but not a great year”, recalls Allen.
“I still felt there were games in 2012 where I didn’t play as well as I would have liked. I want to turn that around, make some adjustments in some areas and try to consistently perform at a high level.
“As you get a little older you need to adjust your game accordingly and if you are not looking to improve the next year, then you get left behind.”
Jay has always been about the team and winning always comes first. His scoring production generally is a direct correlation with his teams W/L column and perhaps the fact that the Magic were bundled out in the first round of finals is the reason behind Jay not being 100% happy with his year.
“We felt we let a big opportunity pass us by in 2012”, Jay remembers not so fondly.
“The home final we lost to Geelong summarized our season. The first half of the game we were extremely good and the second half we were very poor.
“It was like that week in, week out; some games we were the best team in the league, other games we not only lost when we should have won, but we let the game get blown out.”
But 2012 is dead and buried. With the New Year approaching quickly, thoughts now turn towards season 2013 and what it will bring. If the Magic can bring that consistency that Allen talks of, the Magic’s star player and their tight knit group can right some wrongs.