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Ray Allen was drafted fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1996 NBA draft and the rest was history. Allen won a title in Boston and hit a clutch three pointer in 2013 for the Miami Heat in the playoffs. Allen also played for the Seattle Supersonics and Milwaukee Bucks during his career. Earlier today Allen announced his retirement from basketball and he will go down as one of the greatest shooters of all time. Ever since his debut in the 1996-1997 NBA season Allen has dazzled fans with his shooting touch as he will retire holding the record for most three point field goals made in NBA history. Allen’s career reached its heights in Boston when he joined Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce forming the Big 3. In 2008 Allen finally got his title as the Celtics defeated the Lakers in the finals. When Allen left the Celtics for the Heat following the 2011-2012 season Celtics fans did not take it well. However for Celtics fans that should not be the lasting image of Allen. Today the NBA said goodbye to one of the best shooters the game has ever seen and here’s a look back on his special career.
Allen was known as one of the greatest shooters in the game before he joined the Celtics in 2008. Allen was playing on Supersonic teams that frankly weren’t good which resulted in Allen not receiving as much media attention as he deserved . The world knew of Ray Allen before 2008 however his greatness only grew in Boston. Allen was instrumental in getting Kevin Garnett to agree to a trade from Minnesota to Boston. Without Allen or Garnett its hard to envision the Celtics winning the NBA title in 2008. Allen would spend four more very productive season in Boston however he departed after the 2012 season. Allen choose to sign with the Miami Heat and that wasn’t meet with much enthusiasm in Boston. The Heat eliminated the Celtics from the playoffs in 2012 effectively ending the Big three era in Boston. Although Allen was not the same in 2012 but he still had some juice left and he proved that with the Heat in 2013 when they needed him the most
With the Heat down 95-92 in game 6 of the NBA finals and the Heat facing elimination Allen hit a game tying three pointer with less then six seconds left . The Heat would go on to win the series and Allen would win his second NBA title. This may be the moment he will be most remembered for because it signified everything his career has been about. That sweet stroke that Allen worked countless hours to perfect coming through like always in the moment his team needed him the most. Allen was one of a kind and his amazing shooting ability will never be forgotten. He most certainly has a spot waiting for him at the NBA Hall of Fame in Springfield and maybe one day the rafters of the TD Garden.
Written By: Jamie Gatlin