July 6, 2012 marked the end of an era, as Ray Allen broke up the Boston Celtics' Big Three by committing to sign with the Miami Heat (via Yahoo! Sports). Without Allen, the Celtics have suffered with only a 20-23 record so far this season.
It's time to face the facts—the Celtics are worse without Allen.
Many expected Boston to make a full recovery upon Allen's departure. After all, the Celtics had their most active offseason in recent memory.
Unfortunately, their acquisitions have not been able to match Allen's quality of play.
Thus far in 2012-13, the Celtics place 27th in three-point field-goal percentage. In 2011-12, Allen led Boston to a rank of seventh in three-point field-goal percentage.
As for Allen's Heat, he is leading Miami to 38.6 percent shooting from three-point range, third-best in the NBA.
With that being said, the Celtics' three-point shooting woes only scratch the surface of what's wrong with the Beantown Ballers. Either way, Boston's problems can be correlated with Allen's departure.
Allen was a veteran presence in the locker room who preached balance and player equality. No egos were too much to handle with Allen around, which is a major reason the Celtics played in such a balanced manner.
Unfortunately, with the loss of Allen, the balance no longer exists.
Signing Many for One Man's Job
You knew it was going to be hectic when the Boston Celtics virtually acquired three men to fill Ray Allen's shoes.
Boston's free-agency acquisitions included the likes of Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Leandro Barbosa.
Each player is considered a reliable threat from beyond the arc. All three have a career three-point field-goal percentage of .379 or better.
Even if the Celtics claim they expected Allen to re-sign, their offseason moves virtually sealed their fate.
Allen may be aging, but he remains one of the game's elite three-point shooters. This would enable the Celtics to spread the floor with a consistent form of jump shooting.
Thus far in 2012-13, they're relying heavily upon the three-ball but failing to convert. Allen would have cured said woes.
Offsetting the Balance
During the 2011-12 NBA regular season and postseason, the Boston Celtics had an elite balance at the shooting guard position. Between three-point marksman Ray Allen and defensive standout Avery Bradley, the offensive and defensive divide was even.
Unfortunately, that has been lost in 2012-13.
The Celtics have lost balance and created unmanageable depth. Although the talent is in place, the Celtics have four shooting guards who deserve significant playing time.
The Celtics have yet to discover the proper distribution of minutes.
With Allen and Bradley, the Celtics had a split of offensive firepower and defensive prowess. As it presently stands, they have quality players who don't have an idea as to how to play together.
Until the C's create a balance with Bradley, their woes will continue.