And now, the starting Shooting guard for your Boston Celtics....
RAY ALLEN !!!!!
When you listen to the following lyrics, who do you think of?
I got game. She's got game. We got game. They got game. He got game.
Answer: Ray Allen
Ray Allen is the starting SG on the Boston Celtics. Allen was acquired (via trade) from the Seattle Super Sonics, with Glen Davis for Delonte West, Wally Szerbiak, and the 5th selection in the '07 NBA draft (Jeff Green).
Allen, by the numbers (NBA career): Seasons: 14 (7-Milwaukee, 5-Seattle, 2-Boston)
Allen, by his strengths: 1.Team Player No player on Boston's roster has been asked to sacrifice his game for the good of the team than Ray Allen. Even before he played a single game for Boston, Allen changed his number to accommodate another teammate, which he had worn throughout his collegiate, and professional career from #34 to #20 (and #34 is not a retired BOS number). Allen's role has changed from the team's leading scorer with the ball in his hands, to the team's second or even third option. Though his scoring average is down, his FG%, 3P%, and FT% have been up. 2. Accurate Shooter Ray Allen has shot (career) 44.8% from the field, 39.8% from 3-point range, and 90.3% from the free throw line. Allen's shooting mechanics are the prototype for the SG position. Allen has a great work ethic, which has translated into consistency throughout his NBA career. 3.Prolific scorer Ray Allen has averaged 20.9 points per game(PPG) throughout his 14-year NBA career. Allen has the ability to create his own shot, as well as move without the ball. Boston's offense uses Allen more to take advantage of his accuracy, and efficiency by catching and shooting, versus having him create his own shot by going one on one with the defender. 4.Effective defender Ray Allen's defensive statistics, 0.9-STL, 0.2-BLK , do not measure how effective a defender he really is. Allen has a high basketball IQ, and makes his opponent work every possession. Its possible that if Allen were not as effective on the offense, his defense would receive more credit.
Allen, his opportunities: 1. Age Like his old number, Ray Allen turned #34 this summer, and has accumulated 942 regular season games (excluding playoff games) @37.3 MPG. However, Allen's shooting mechanics, and work ethic has translated into consistency throughout a 14-year NBA career.
Allen, season outlook: Though Ray Allen is in a contract year, I expect Allen to perform at the same all-star level as in previous seasons. With the addition of Marquis Daniels, and the steady play of Eddie House, I expect Allen to average a few less minutes, though I expect his FG%, and 3P% to increase a few percentage points. Ray Allen is a professional, on and off the court, and expect him to “be game” when Boston begins its quest for banner #18.