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Hall of Fame 2018 | Ray Allen

BIO:

  • Born: July 20, 1975, Merced, California
  • Height and weight: 6 ft 5 in, 205 lb
  • Position: SG
  • HS: Hillcrest
  • College: Connecticut
  • Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall/ Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 1996-2003 Milwaukee Bucks
  • 2003-2007 Seattle SuperSonics
  • 2007-2012 Boston Celtics
  • 2012-2014 Miami Heat
  • Career Highlights: 2x NBA Champion, 10x NBA All-Star, 1x All-NBA Second Team, 1x All-NBA Third Team,1x NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion, NBA All-Second Rookie Team, NBA Sportsmanship Award, 2000 Olympics Gold Medalist
  • Career Stats: 18.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.4 apg

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STORY

Allen began his basketball career as a collegiate athlete for the Connecticut Huskies, where he played for three seasons, gaining a reputation as an efficient and deadly long-range shooter, and was a very high prospect entering the 1996 NBA Draft. He entered the NBA in 1996 as the fifth overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves but would go on to be traded to the Bucks. Early in his career, he developed into a prolific scorer for the Milwaukee Bucks and was known more for his athleticism than shooting and featuring alongside Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell as the team achieved playoff success. However, the trio was unable to capture a championship, and Allen was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics.

In Seattle, Allen's reputation as a scorer and a star was solidified. He would break several league records for three-point and free throw shooting. After the 2004–05 season, Allen signed a 5-year, $80 million contract extension. In the 2006–07 regular season, he averaged a career-high 26.4 points per game while adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. During his Seattle SuperSonics tenure, Allen achieved many individual accomplishments, but a title still eluded Allen, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007.

In Boston, Allen and new teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce formed a "Big Three" and had immediate success, winning an NBA championship in 2008. He would finally capture that title to go along with his individual achievements and write his name in the history books. but he wouldn't stop there. During a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2011, Allen became the all-time NBA leader in total 3-point field goals made (2,562), surpassing Reggie Miller's record of 2,560.

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After his tenure with Boston Allen rejected a two-year, $12 million offer to return to the Boston Celtics and accepted a three-year deal with the Miami Heat. It was a move that shocked his teammates, especially Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. They were battling the Heat for years in the playoffs and by their standards Ray betrayed them. Never the less Ray would go on to win another championship in 2013 while delivering possibly the greatest shot of his career.

In Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, as the Heat trailed by three points, Allen made a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Having rallied from a 10-point deficit at the end of the third quarter, the Heat won in overtime 103–100 over the San Antonio Spurs and forced a seventh game in the series which they won.

Next season they faced the Spurs again in the 2014 NBA Finals, but they lost the series in five games. Allen became a free agent in the 2014 off-season, and after much anticipation of a return at some point during the 2014–15 season, he announced his decision to sit out the season and focus on 2015–16. However, he did not end up joining a team for the 2015–16 season either. In July 2016, Allen began mulling a comeback and admitted he was "intrigued" by the possibility of competing for another championship. But ultimately he decided to officially retire from the game on November 1, 2016. And now in September 2018 he is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

LIFE AFTER BASKETBALL

In 2015, Allen co-starred alongside Kyrie Irving, Baron Davis, and J. B. Smoove as Walt in the fourth episode of "Uncle Drew", a series of Pepsi Max advertisements written and directed by Irving. Allen's autobiography, From the Outside, was released on March 27, 2018, as he is living a family life with his wife Shannon Walker Williams and their 4 children.

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