Ray Allen is heading to the Hall of Fame. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced Saturday the sharpshooter will join Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Mo Cheeks, and former Celtics Charlie Scott and Dino Radja in the class of 2018.
Allen’s basketball belongings now include 10 All-Star appearances, two NBA championship rings, an Olympic gold medal, and a slew of 3-point shooting records, and he’ll carry them to the Naismith Hall of Fame as only he can now – with style, elegance. The Hall’s Class of 2018 will include Ray Allen, the first men’s basketball player from UConn to make it.
Ray Allen is arguably the greatest shooter of all time, winning titles with the 2008 Celtics and the 2013 Heat en route to becoming the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2,973 -- over 400 more than the next player on the list.
“Everything in my life I’ve always had some adversity that I’ve had to deal with,” he told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg Thursday. “(This is a) nod that says, ‘Hey, you were great. You were awesome. You ended up being one of the best.’ And, at the end of the day, you did your job and you did it well.”
“Ray is as talented an athlete as I’ve ever coached,” Calhoun said, in a UConn statement. “His remarkable work ethic allowed him to continue to define and refine his superior skills as he evolved into the greatest shooter in NBA history. Ray Allen is an authentic Hall of Famer.”
Allen spent the first 12 seasons of his career in Milwaukee and Seattle, making seven All-Star teams. The Celtics acquired him from Seattle in June 2007 in exchange for the No. 5 overall pick, Jeff Green.
Part of the new “Big Three” alongside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Allen helped lead the Celtics to their championship in 2008.