Ray Allen, Who Would Have Thought?


The 1996 NBA draft class is widely regarded as the best in the history of sport. You’re talking four future Hall of Famers and about a dozen other good to very good players. With all the ankles Iverson has broken, the titles Kobe has won and all the assists Steve Nash has dished out, it seems like Ray Allen goes fairly unnoticed.

On Friday, Allen nailed four 3-pointers to move into second place all-time with 1,720 career makes from beyond the arc. Only Reggie Miller, with 2,560 has made more.

That’s pretty sick. Allen was a great college player at Connecticut and most people expected him to be a pretty decent NBA player, but he has quietly become one of the best players in the league. I would have never guessed that he’d become this lethal of a shooter.

It’s too bad Allen has never really had any help on his teams. I think that if he had a star on his team, he would be the best second-best player in the league (if that makes sense). I guarantee that Minnesota regrets trading him for Stephon Marbury on draft day. Imagine the inside-out presence he and Kevin Garnett could have had.

When all is said and done, I don’t think people will realize how talented he actually was. He’s probably a better player than Miller was, but he never got the chance to taunt Spike Lee at Garden or win big in the playoffs.

He was also great as Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game.

Ray Allen hits a three, moves into second place all-time - Yahoo


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