Ray Allen Would Give Miami Heat a Potent Outside Threat
Miami shot 35.9 percent from three-point territory, good enough for ninth in the NBA. However, Allen was fourth in the league in three-point percentage, as he shot 45.3 percent from long range, so this could make an even greater weapon in Miami's arsenal.
Mike Miller was also tied for fourth in the league, with the same percentage as Allen, but his injury problems make him less than reliable to play big minutes. The protection he provided LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with his shooting kept teams from packing it in on defense.
Now, Allen could assume that role, or if they’re both healthy—which probably won’t happen—the Heat have some depth at the position.
James certainly likes the idea. He posted a picture on his Facebook wall on Tuesday that depicted Allen in a Heat jersey with the caption, “This looks damn good to me.”
It wouldn't look great for other teams.
Of course, it was Allen’s own injury that kept Boston from making a deeper run this past season. With his ankle hurt, his shooting technique and release were off.
Still, Miami just won the championship with a few players battling injuries all the way through the Finals, including Miller. Even if it were just as a move for depth in the roster, a trade for Allen would be a good move for a team that clearly knows how to win without a player like him.
The possibility of a healthy Allen knocking down three-pointers for a Miami Heat team stacked with players who can drive to the basket? Sounds damn good—and damn near unbeatable—to me.
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