Allen was undrafted after a college career at Villanova University, and began his career with the Miami Heat. He has also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, and has averaged seven points per game through his career.
Malik attended Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey — an upper middle-class, predominantly white, Christian community that had a nationally ranked basketball team in the early to mid-nineties. Though he was one of few African-American students in high school, he was widely accepted by teachers and students, and became a local hero — carrying the team close to a state championship in 1994–95 as a junior. He averaged 21 points per game during his sophomore year.