Video: Ray Allen splashes in a 4-pointer at NBA Celebrity Game
It was just a few years ago that Ray Allen was considered by most as the best three-point shooter in NBA history. Times have changed pretty quickly in the interim, with the league at large realizing the value of three-pointers and several marksmen positioning themselves as objectively superior long-range shooters. Nobody cared about that on Friday night, though, when Allen stepped behind the Ruffles four-point line in the opening moments of the Celebrity All-Star Game and drained a 28-footer.
Allen finished his playing days in 2014 as the league’s all-time leader in threes with 2,973. Though it’s only a matter of time until he’s passed up by Stephen Curry, currently in third place with 2,365 triples, Allen will nevertheless leave an indelible mark on the NBA as its first superstar who did much of his damage from beyond the arc.
The 10-time All-Star averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game over his career while shooting 40 percent from three. A ball-dominant playmaker during his years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics, Allen reverted to a supporting role over the final third of his career, winning championships with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and Miami Heat in 2013. A tireless worker known for his strict workout regimen, Allen continued fielding calls from interested contenders as recently as 2016 when he was 40 years old.