Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  36 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Ray Allen

Greatest jump shot in the history of the game? Ray Allen gets my vote in a heartbeat. Drafted 5th overall by the T-Wolves in ’96, he was immediately traded to the Bucks for Georgia Tech PG, Stephon Marbury (drafted 4th). Ray was named to the All-Rookie 2nd team in ’97, improved greatly over the next few years, and helped make the Milwaukee Bucks a playoff contender with Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell. Allen was traded to the Sonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason in 2003 and lit it up for 5 seasons out West before being traded to the Celtics in 2007. He is a 9x All Star, ranks 2nd all-time in 3-point FGs made (behind Reggie Miller), and has 1 NBA Championship with the Celtics in 2008. Allen has career averages of 19.9 pts, 4.2 rbs, 3.6 asts, and 2.3 3pt. He definitely still has some big shots left in the tank and I expect him and the Celts to finish no lower than 3rd in the East this regular season.

And, of course, He Got Game was the BOMB.


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  • t-sizzle

    HELL YEAH! Bring back that silky smooth Jesus of that seattle team, maaan that feels like a way back! Especially since they became Thunder.. Shuttlesworth in Seattle was the classic days!

  • t-sizzle

    Dang. long time since i saw that crazy double ot game vs phoenix! Thanks Schneezy, about time we showed that Ray Allen love

  • Elvis Freshly

    About time ray gets some love on slam… people just think of him as a shooter (mainly the youngsters) lol and I’m 20.. anyhow, he was much more then that.. back in his buck days and early sonic years he would take you to the hole and yam a nasty one on you, ask stackhouse.

  • KB2412345

    Went to probably 50 sonics games while he was here in SEA. IMO the best years of his career were the ones here while i watched him. loved the SAC series. we took the spurs to 6 in the next series heart breaker but we were just cool with making it that far. gotta love JESUS!! Miss those days…

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Those Seattle jerseys were fly

  • Elvis Freshly

    Better vid that show-cast all of ray’s talents other than just his shooting.


  • letsmotor

    my favorite player of all time. hey, slam–any chance of you guys posting the ray article from that issue?

  • http://slamonline.com Schneezy

    @Elvis. Agreed. Posted that new video. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thor

    We had the great Gary Payton from sonics, we had the great Ray Allen from sonics. Now PLEASE give us the great Shawn Kemp from sonics

  • Elvis Freshly

    Now why did I just give ya’ll the exact same video that’s already posted. See kids.. don’t smoke, it’s very bad for you.

  • clutch performer

    Wasn’t he in the dunk contest before? I think it was the one kobe won?

  • Elvis Freshly

    @clutch.. correct.

  • PapaBearATL

    I almost forgot that Jesus was greasier than sportin’ waves back in the day when he drove the lane! I did enjoy watching him with the Bucks and the Sonics. Thanks Schneezy!

  • smooth

    great player and a hard worker and shows great leadership

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Schneezy Strikes! Ray Allen could be THE most overlooked superstar of his generation.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Not a fan but.. “He got game”.

  • tony knorr

    perhaps the best ambassador for the nba of his generation dude is just an all around good guy not to mention he has by far the silkiest jump shot and one of the silkiest games ever. Back in seattle this cat was crazy with his handles and all around game too. if ray nocked down his first couple of jumpers on you back then and forced you to really really play up he used to revel in break guys ankles and groins before pulling one in your face. see the classic he got game quote when he talks about taking a guy to the right and then the left before stroking a j in his face. shit was classic.

  • MF

    Basketball is like poetry in motion, cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he’s fallin’ back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, “What?” -Jesus


  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    I’ll start to stir it up a bit…
    He’s better than Reggie Miller.
    Play wit it/Book it.

  • Elvis Freshly

    @ MF that was classic shi* right their…

    @Jukai.. you can debate who the better shooter is but as far as O/A player goes? Ray hands down. Reggie could never cross you up then take you to the hole and thrown a nasty one down in your face. Ray could (still can). but yeah, he is the better O/A player.

  • The Philosopher

    Reggie will give Ray 40 or 50.
    Ray may do the same thing.
    But, not before Reggie digs into his bag of tricks and trips Ray, or kick him in the back, or something. lol

  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    1 minute or 5 seconds left I still think i’d take Reggie. Overall, i think i like Ray better also. Reggie was more 1-dimensional. Ray can do it all is also money in the clutch.

  • Elvis Freshly

    I remember when the Celtics played the trailblazers at the garden. Ray had a bad shooting night, 4 for 15 (or something like that). He couldn’t buy a bucket, but when the C’s needed it guess who showed up and hit the GW? Sugar mufu*kin Ray.

  • vtrobot

    a lot of people’s favorite player for good reason. INSANE work ethic and commitment to being great. ill. automatic. beautiful. smooth as H*LL. professional. we love you jesus.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Underrated athlete early in his career. Dude always wanted to expand what he did on the court, but could never get those assists and rebounds up to superstar levels to go with his scoring. I remember reading in SLAM how his goal was to put up like 22, 6 and 4. He never got there though.

  • vtrobot

    reggie was definitely craftier and i think he was more of a “character” in NBA history. seemed like he enjoyed playing the bad guy at MSG, etc. it would be hard to say who’s more clutch. as most have stated, i’d take ray because of his all-around game. it’s also hard not to like him for the true pro that he is and for how he has pretty much just always shown how sh*t should be done. that, and that fact that he will eventually hold the record for most 3′s in a career. much respect to reg tho. i loved when larry brown gave him the double-TO standing O in indiana at the end. very deserved.

  • http://slamonline.com SpaceJam

    Buddy got buckets and still gets buckets. I mean, when he was a young buck he had ups to go w/that shot. he would routinely break ankles then dunk on you with no regard.

  • flipnoyce

    Jesus Still Got Game. He was a beast on his prime with the Seattle and when he was a Buck. Thanks Slam for showing some love to one of the leagues best clutch. Now time for a repeat, lets get it done Celtics!!!

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Jesus Shuttlesworth all day. Ray Ray is my favourite player – so smooth, so classy. I love how on that highlight video, his jumpers never even touch the rim, it’s all net, all day.

  • vtrobot

    plus a tiny bonus clip of james jones “earning” a $60 million contract? nice. seattle is probably the only NBA city that’s had a worse decade than NYC. miss those sonics and those green jerseys.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    Okay, that was… easier than I thought.
    Okay, who all-in-all had a better career/is a better player: Ray Allen or Paul Pierce??

  • logues

    one of my fav players of all time. prettiest j in history of league

  • vtrobot

    @ Jukai: Without even getting into #’s, I would have to give the edge to PP slightly. I think their overall impact on the league/legacy will end up being pretty similar (especially since they’re ending their careers together). I think PP has been more underrated over the years because he doesn’t have a lot of flash or freakish athleticism in his game (and he’s pissed off many more people than ray, ray never rode in a wheelchair, etc.). Still when he’s gone up against those superstar SFs over the years, PP’s performance usually at least cancels out his superstar opponents’. They both carried some mediocre teams. Seems Ray’s inclusion in the ASGs has been less certain than PP’s in some years. Jesus is one of my favorites OAT, but I’d give PP the edge in that one. peace.

  • Thor

    I would have to say Ray, his teams never struggled like Pierce and the celtics before 2007.
    But Pierce is one of the more reliable scores in the L where Ray struggles (exept his three point marathon this summer)sometimes, so I would have to say Paul is the best player

  • rich

    Jesusss! Jesusss!! Jeeeeesusss! loved that movie especially the ending

  • Elvis Freshly

    @Jukai double P is nice don’t get me wrong but their is nothing you would say he’s “THE GREATEST” at, you know? like you’ve never heard anyone say Paul is the greatest small forward to play the game, or the greatest midrang shooter to play. Now ray, whenever he’s mentioned their is always somebody handing him the title of the “GREATEST SHOOTER OF ALL TIME” or “ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOOTERS”. So I’d have to go with Sugar Ray.