Why Ray Allen Will Thrive as Sixth Man for Miami Heat
Last year, the Miami Heat were not very good from deep. They had just 370 makes, which was only 20th in the league. However, their percentage was better, as they sank 35.9 percent of them.
That's why they brought in Ray Allen—to solve that problem and break up zone defense.
We can surmise that Allen will be highly successful with the Heat by looking at Mario Chalmers, who made the most three-point shots for the NBA champs, knocking down 101 of them at a .388 clip.
This is fortuitous for Allen, because he'll likely get the same kinds of looks that Chalmers did, which is to say, wide-open looks.
I started to go through and count off how many of Chalmers' three-point shots came off of double-teams on Dwyane Wade and/or LeBron James, and after the first 14 were all a direct result of that, the point was made and it didn't seem worth continuing to count them.
It may be that Chalmers generates some of his own threes, but clearly the primary catalyst is that James and Wade command defensive attention.
Here's a series of screen caps to illustrate.
First, James gets the ball. Note that four out of the five Celtics are either guarding him or within a step of him.
Still not convinced? How about this? According to NBA.com's Advanced Stats, Chalmers shot 42 percent from deep while LeBron was on the court compared to 11 percent when he was off it. That is not a misprint or a typo. That's a difference of 31 percent.
Will Ray Allen break Kyle Korver's single-season 3-Point percentage record of .536 in 2012-2013?
Ray Allen, who is only the league's all-time leader in three-pointers made, at 6,788 and counting, and had his career high in three-point percentage last year, knocking down 45.3 percent of his tries, could have an even more ridiculous season this year.
Allen will be fresher since he'll be coming off the bench and playing fewer minutes. Fresher legs, by pure logic, mean a better shooting rate.
He'll have more open looks like Mario Chalmers had this year. When you combine those two facts, it's inevitable. Allen is gong to drain a ton of threes this year and thrive in his role as sixth man for the Miami heat. Sorry, Kevin.
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