Ray Allen is the perfect teammate for LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
James loves to pass the ball to spot up shooters, Allen loves to spot up. James needs shooters to create space so that he can operate in the paint, Allen demands respect since he is the greatest three pointer shooter in NBA history. Allen embraces the shot at the end of the game and is almost automatic from both the free throw line and beyond the arc late in a game, James embraces making the pass to the open teammate.
Allen has already tallied two game winning corner three pointers this season for the Heat with both coming from him spotting up in the corner and James feeding him with less than 30 seconds left in the game.
Allen’s strengths have been James’s weaknesses.
Allen is the all-time leader in three pointers made and shoots 40.1 percent from beyond the arc, shoots 89.3 percent from the free throw line, and he is a clutch shooter. He brings an element to the game that James has yet to obtain.
James shoots just 33 percent from the three point line for his career and under 75 percent from the free throw line. Both failures contribute to James’s lack of ability to be a consistent clutch shooter. James has failed many times to make jump shots and free throws late in games throughout his career.
Yet James has always had the confidence and trust in his teammates to make the game winning shot. That’ is where these two players fit perfect. James is one of the most gifted passers in NBA history and Allen is one of the purest shooters in NBA history.
Their abilities complement each other and without a doubt at some point during the 2013 playoffs the two players will be the players who will help decide if the Heat can repeat as champions.