With a little less than six seconds to go in Game 6 of 2013 NBA Finals, Ray Allen made one of the most important three-pointers of his entire career. His three-pointer tied the game 95-95 and helped the Miami Heat edge out an overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs, which eventually led to a championship.
Some may call Allen a traitor for leaving the rival Boston Celtics to become a member of the Heat, but I recall another superstar leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to “bring his talents to South Beach,” who was ridiculed in the very same way. Allen had already reached the NBA Finals twice with his “Big Three” — Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and himself. But this trip was different since he was not part of the Big Three in Miami; he was just another shooter who stood in his favorite corner in hopes he might receive the ball to hit a big shot.
Allen is known as one of the most, if not the most, prolific three-point shooters in the history of the NBA. He continued to display his prowess by shooting above 40 percent from three-point range throughout the 2013 season and postseason, which is right on track for his career. His free throw percentage speaks for itself, as he shot an incredible 87 percent from the charity stripe in the playoffs, just 2.4 percent shy of his career average.
Although Allen’s records for most three-pointers in a single season (269) and most three pointers in the NBA Finals (22) were broken by up-and-coming stars like Stephen Curry (272) and Danny Green (27), there are still many records he holds that may never be broken. He stills holds the record for most three’s made in a career with 3,035 and for most three-pointers made in the playoffs, surpassing the great Reggie Miller with 352 three-pointers for his career.
Truly, Allen’s credentials speak for themselves, and everyone who’s ever had the pleasure to grace the court with this exemplary shooter has an immense amount of respect for him. Ray must stay. It’s as simple as that. His clutch-ness at the free throw line and behind the arch is unmatched in this league and Allen must remain a member of the Heat for the remainder of his career.