Malik Allen (born June 27, 1978 in Willingboro, New Jersey) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks, along with Jason Kidd and Antoine Wright on February 19, 2008, in a trade with the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Keith Van Horn, Trenton Hassell, Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, cash considerations and a 2010 first round draft choice.
Allen played his college ball at Villanova where he saw both his scoring and rebounding averages rise each season. From a mere 2.0 points and 2.9 rebounds as a freshman, he improved his game to the point that as a senior he led the Wildcats with a 14.2 point average and a 7.4 rebound average and was a Second Team All-Big East selection. He left the school fourth all-time in blocked shots and was one of only 26 players in VU history to score 1000 points and have 500 rebounds.
Passed by in the 2000 NBA draft, Allen began his career with both San Diego of the ABA and Trenton of the IBL during the 2000-2001 season. That was enough to get him noticed by the Miami Heat who signed the 6'10 forward as a free agent. Making the team out of training camp, he saw action in 12 games his rookie year averaging 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds.
There was no sophomore slump in 2002-2003 as Allen posted what would be the best numbers of his career. In 80 games (73 starts), he averaged 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds.
He was limited to only 45 games the next season with a 4.2 ppg average. Allen entered the 2003-2004 campaign with high hopes but was sidelined, after playing in just 14 games, with spine surgery. Out for a relatively short period, he was traded on February 24, 2005 to Charlotte where he finished the year seeing action in 22 games while averaging 5.0 points and 2.1 rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls signed Allen to a two-year deal on September 2, 2005. He helped the Bulls to the playoffs both years and appeared in 113 games (53 in '05-'06 and 60 in '06-'07). After his two year stint in the Windy City, he signed as a free agent with his hometown New Jersey Nets.
Allen spent less than a full season with the Nets before being traded to Dallas as part of a 10-player deal that also brought Jason Kidd and Antoine Wright to the Mavericks in February of 2008. He saw action in 25 games (4 starts) for Dallas and averaged 3.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. He also appeared in three playoff games with the Mavs.
Signing a free agent contract with Milwaukee on July 17, 2008, Allen played in 49 games for the Bucks in the 2008-2009 season (losing 13 games to injury) and posted averages of 3.2 ppg and 2.1 rpg.
The final year of Malik Allen's NBA career was spent with the Denver Nuggets in 2009-2010 where, in 51 games, he averaged of 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.