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Boston Celtics: Ray Allen (Playoffs Starter Profile 2 of 5)
#20 Ray Allen (SG)
6'5" 204lbs

Born:
July 20, 1975
Hometown: Ray, a military "brat", spent time living in California, Oklahoma, England, and Germany. He settled down for high school in Dalzell, South Carolina.
School: University of Connecticut

Drafted: 5th Overall in 1996 (Minnesota Timberwolves pick; preseason trade to the Milwaukee Bucks)
Years in the League: 12

Career Highlights:
Ray was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team for the 1996-97 season.
He made the All-NBA Third Team in 2001.
He was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 2005.
Allen has also won the NBA 3-Point Shootout (2001) and the NBA Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award (2003).
Ray has been named an NBA All-Star eight times throughout his career.

Longest Playoff Run:
Made it to the Eastern Conference Finals with the Bucks in 2001.

NBA Records:
Most Three-Point Field Goals Made in a Regular Season - 269 (2005-06)
Most Three-Point Field Goals Attempted in a Regular Season - 653 (2005-06)
Most Seasons Leading the NBA in Three-Point Field Goals Made - 3 (2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06)
(Tied) Most Three-Point Field Goals Made in One Half - 8 (April 14, 2002 against the Charlotte Hornets)


Analysis of 2007-08 Contribution:
Ray Allen came to the Boston Celtics in a draft day trade along with a second-round pick (Glen "Big Baby" Davis) for Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West.  He brought with him a deadly three-point shot and the ability to still drive to the lane with grace at the age of 32.

Although Ray got off to what some dubbed a "slow start", his role for the Celtics is veteran facilitator.  No longer does he need to carry a team with a stream of deep threes.  Instead he is able to pick and choose when to take his shot and when to set up the other Celtics players.

Allen heated up when he was selected as a last-minute reserve for the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team.  Although LeBron James was named the MVP, he even gave Ray the nod as his own pick for MVP.  Allen scored 14 of his 27 points in the last two and a half minutes of the game to secure the win for the Eastern Conference. 

Ray Allen has helped the Celtics in the clutch with a handful of emotional buzzer-beaters and heads-up plays in the final seconds of important games.  He has worked diligently with the younger Celtics, namely Rajon Rondo, to help develop their skills.  Allen brings a desire to win and his veteran knowledge of the game to the Celtics.
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