Miami Heat 2013 Player Profile: Ray Allen
Ray Allen, known by many teammates as “Jesus Shuttlesworth,” did not have an awe-inspiring 2012-13 season with the Miami Heat. In fact, his points per game and assists per game averages were some of the lowest of his career. This would lead one to believe that Allen is on the decline. Regardless of his recent statistics, Allen is one of the most cold-blooded shooters in the league. There are times when Allen’s three-point shooting will take over an entire game, and he will carry his team to the finish line. Without Allen’s clutch three-point shot in the waning seconds of Game 6, the Heat wouldn’t be hoisting their second consecutive championship. That is a fact.
What makes Allen such a unique player is the skill-set that he possess. Not only is he still arguably one of the best three point shooters in the league, but he has made the corner three point shot one of the Heat’s biggest offensive weapons. What makes the Heat offense so terrifying is how thin they can stretch your team’s defense. Having to guard lethal three point shooters, on top of continually guarding both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, can be extremely difficult.
Heading into the 2013-14 season, Allen will need to improve his three-point shooting percentage. This may sounds ridiculous, considering he is the greatest three point shooter of all time, but from the 2012-13 season, Allen’s three-point percentage went from 45 percent to 42 percent. This will need to improve in order for the Heat to become an even bigger offensive force. This slight bump in efficiency will also boost his point per game average.