74 Reasons to Get Excited for the 74th NBA Season: Reason 41

 Reason 41: Ray Allen’s smooth shot

True love, a young child’s smile and a sunset over the ocean. These are all beautiful images that make people smile. One that was left out of that grouping was Ray Allen’s jump shot. Seeing Ray Allen curl around a pick, spot up, and drain a three pointer – or even just a mid-range jumper – is some kind of beauty. Drafted with the fifth pick of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Allen continues to wreak havoc on opposing defenses with his impecible shooting. The Connecticut Huskie has played on three different teams including the Bucks, the late Seattle Supersonics, and currently the Boston Celtics. Allen is a ten-time NBA All-Star and won a gold medal for the USA in the 2000 Olympic Games. On February 10, 2011, Allen became the NBA’s all-time leader in regular season 3-point field goals made, surpassing Reggie Miller’s mark of 2,560. On March 11, 2011, Allen surpassed Miller’s career total of 6,486 3-point field goal attempts. In 2008, he would win his first NBA title with the Boston Celtics. Just incase that tag of “players won’t make the hall of fame unless they have a ring” is true, Allen is now a sure to be first-ballot hall of famer. Even with all of the offensive accomplishments, the 36 year old is still a great defender, and has more games to be played. Just make sure this guy is marked or he’ll continually spot up and burn you.

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