Ray Allen: Reaching Potential with the Boston Celtics

Ken FossAnalyst IMarch 10, 2008

When I think about how Ray Allen's career now spanning close to 12 NBA seasons, and how he's spent the majority of it with two smaller market NBA teams (Milwaukee and Seattle), I think Pro's Pro, or don't leave that man alone on the three-point line.  And whatever you do, don't foul him.

In 1996, Allen was drafted and tabbed the next Michael Jordan.  Now, in all fairness he did parlay this into a starring role in the 1998 Spike Lee movie He Got Game, as well as several endorsement deals.

However, his game suffered as he failed to average more that 20 points per game in any of his first three seasons.  Allen was almost universally labeled a draft bust.

People questioned his commitment to the game of basketball, and Allen responded by developing as the player many thought he could be.

From then on, he never shot under 43 percent from downtown—until the year he was traded to Seattle.  At the time of this move, one Seattle writer credited his professionalism as the reason the trade would work out.

Fast forward seven years, and the Boston Celtics are 50-12 with Allen committing himself to the defensive end of the floor, shutting down scorers like Richard Hamilton, Dwyane Wade, and Vince Carter.  The Celtics sit with the NBA's best record.

The media now can only muster "He still ain't got a ring."

Well, if the rest of Allen's career plays out at all like it has in the past, he may not be waiting much longer.