The Miami Heat‘s biggest offseason addition is no secret.
Yet it makes sense for the league’s all time leader in three pointers made to join the defending NBA champions whose offense is built around driving and kicking to spot-up shooters doesn’t it?
Well I think it clearly does and Ray Allen has a unique opportunity.
After the Heat were down by one point late against the Denver Nuggets Saturday night, the vision of the summer came to pass. With 14 seconds left in the game LeBron James caught the ball at the top of the key, drove to the basket and as soon as the help came from Corey Brewer gave a wide open Allen a good pass and Allen proceeded to knock down the corner three point shot and was fouled. Of course Allen who shoots 89.4 percent from the free throw line for his career made the foul shot as well, giving the Heat a 119-116 lead over the Nuggets with just over three seconds left in the game. Allen finished the game with 23 points and five rebounds and the Heat won.
So what does this dramatic ending tell me? Since the Oklahoma City Thunder traded the reigning sixth man of the year James Harden that Allen can easily win the award playing with the Heat.
In the first three games in which the Heat have yet to get into a rhythm both offensively and defensively, Allen is averaging 15.7 points per game, has made one game winning shot, and is shooting 62.5 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from the three point line. Obviously Allen won’t be able to maintain such numbers over a course of an 82 game season, but his numbers and his ultimate role on this team puts him in a prime position to become the oldest player to take home the award.
Allen is now the fourth best player on the defending world champions and will have the opportunity to be responsible for a number of Heat wins and may be the ultimate missing piece to the Heat’s close and late game regular season issues that they have faced since having the ‘Big 3′.