Following the announcements made for NBA legends Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and Grant Hill, another icon from their era will be joining them as they enter the pantheon of basketball greats. In a tweet by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's official Twitter account, Ray Allen has been named as an inductee into the class of 2018.
This man rewrote the record books as one of the greatest shooters in @NBA history. He currently holds the record for most three-point field goals made at 2,973. We congratulate 2x NBA Champion Ray Allen. #18HoopClass
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— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) March 31, 2018
Allen's legacy may be defined by his legendary shooting prowess, being the NBA's all-time leader in 3-point field goal conversions, but his body of work throughout the years should be lauded just the same. The discipline and dedication to his craft allowed the former UConn Huskie to prolong his professional career and his best skill never faded, making him a valuable asset even up to his last team — the Miami Heat.
As part of the fabled 1996 draft class, Allen entered the league as a high-flier but he managed to evolve his game by expanding his range, even winning the 3-point contest in the 2001 All-Star Weekend. His resume is top-billed by a couple of NBA championships, 10 All-Star appearances, and an Olympic Gold Medal, among others.
Allen played for four different franchises in the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, and the Heat, making a lasting mark in every stop. In fact, he might be best remembered for making one of the biggest shots in NBA Finals history — a clutch 3-pointer to save the Miami Heat from losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 Finals.
Joining Allen, Kidd, Nash, and Hill are former NBA All-Stars Maurice Cheeks and Charlie Scott along with WNBA greats Tina Thompson and Katie Smith, to name a few.