Tomorrow, Ray Allen will become a free agent and will be free to sign with any team he pleases. He has spent the last two seasons as a member of the Miami Heat, winning one championship in 2012 and falling victim to the superior San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 Finals. He has proved himself as perhaps the best pure shooter of all time throughout his accomplished NBA career.
Though his skills may have become limited as he’s aged, he can surely provide the Oklahoma City Thunder with the bench scoring they desperately need to eclipse the other championship caliber teams in the western conference.
OKC starts two of the top five players in the NBA in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They both produce at a high level and create amazing opportunities for their teammates. When those two are on the bench, they struggle to score and don’t shoot the ball at a high rate.
Allen would immediately bring leadership to a relatively young team who just lost perhaps one of the best leaders this NBA has ever seen in Derek Fisher. He provides a lightning bolt of a spark off the bench and nearly rips the net off the rim with each three that he takes.
The Thunder could use his leadership, shooting and scoring ability to head up their second unit along with Jeremy Lamb. The Thunder could potentially land Allen at a small price, somewhere near $3 million per year, however many years they decide to sign him. He has shown no signs of slowing and even laid a thunderous dunk on the Spurs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He would come off the bench and potentially average 25 minutes per game.
Coming off the bench, Allen could provide that offensive spark the Thunder desperately needs during times in which the court is not graced with the greatness that is Durant and Westbrook. This may be the little addition that could put them over the edge.