Two-time NBA champion and all-time three-point leader Ray Allen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night. Ray Allen was one of many icons inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame that night, and he will go down as one of the best shooters in NBA history.
The Boston Celtics legend finished his playing career as the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 2,973, which is 400 more than the next player on the list. Allen passed Miller for the three-point record back in 2011, and according to Allen, though, Miller remains the best shooter he’s ever seen.
Allen took the time to thank presenter Reggie Miller during his speech.
“As I stand here on the stage today before you, I know a lot has been said about me being a great shooter. Being one of the best. But what I know is this person who is presenting me tonight, Reggie Miller, is the best shooter that I’ve ever seen in my life.
Reggie has had a profound effect on my early years in the NBA. I would come out to the floor thinking I was early, and he was already out there, and Reggie had a Superman shirt. And when you see somebody, your opponent, wearing a Superman shirt, you have to ask yourself ‘how do I beat Superman tonight?’
It was impossible to guard you, Reggie. Reggie would grab my arms and he would throw me in one direction, then go in the other. And then the coach would get mad at me! And I said ‘Coach Calhoun didn’t teach me that in college.’”
During his career, Ray Allen won 2 NBA championships, one with the Boston Celtics and one with Miami Heat. We still remember Ray’s clutch shot in game 6 against the San Antonio Spurs which basically embodies his entire career in a nutshell. He was a winner and a true professional, and still one of the best pure shooters the league has ever seen.