Ray Allen's Input to the Boston Celtics Success
Ray Allen has been a key contributor and a very important part of the Boston Celtics' success this season.
The eight-time NBA All-Star was acquired by the Celtics in 2007 and has helped power them back to one of the best teams in the NBA. So far, Allen is having a great year, averaging 18.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, and 2.8 APG.
At 33, he has shown that he can still sink that three-point shot. He currently has 2,212 three-point field goals made and is only behind Reggie Miller (2,560) for the all-time lead. A milestone which Allen is looking to achieve remains close in sight.
In order for the Celtics to uphold this recent success and continue to rise in the East, Allen will need to continue his great play. There is no doubt that he will help lead them into the playoffs as one of the top seeds in the East, if not No. 1.
He helped his team to the playoffs in five seasons, though; three with Milwaukee (98-99, 99-00, 00-01), one with Seattle (04-05), and last year's trip with Boston that saw them win the NBA championship in seven over the Los Angeles Lakers.
In 63 postseason games, Allen has averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. These totals are closely compared to his career totals.
Before last year, though, Allen had never really played around players like Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, which lead to a small drop in his overall production. One could say he is the playoff equivalent of A-Rod, but that wouldn't be fair.
Allen has just played with some below-average teams, leading to postseason troubles. In last year's playoffs with Boston, Allen averaged 15.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. But he was playing alongside Garnett (20.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists) and Pierce (19.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.6 assists), which took a lot of his production away.
After last year's All-Star appearance and championship against the Lakers, Allen has been motivated to once again help the Celtics try to make history by winning the most games in a regular season and defend their title.
It seems as though Allen has discovered a new career in Boston and experienced a resurgence as a player. Although he may not be the scorer he once was, he is still a huge part of the Boston offense and should contribute high level statistics in the second half of the season—and throughout the playoffs.
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