Bill Simmons wrote a piece about the expanding primes of today’s generation of NBA players, including Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. Here’s what he wrote about Allen:
I hope you enjoyed the “Reggie Miller versus Ray Allen” debate. It’s been over for a year. Right now, Ray ranks second in 3-pointers made (2,543, just 17 behind Reggie; nobody else is within 800 of them) and second in 3s attempted (6,388), only he’s made 40 percent of them (one of 40 players who can say that). He’s also the fourth-best free throw shooter ever (89.4 percent). Given his phenomenal work ethic, we can safely say 25,000 points, 3,000 made 3s and a 45-40-90 career percentages are in play. I just don’t think we’re seeing that again. His extended prime made him the most efficient shooting guard who ever lived; throw in his clutch shooting numbers (see sidebar) and it’s been a wildly underrated career.
Other than Reggie, you know who the biggest loser is here? Sam Presti, who made a totally defensible trade when he was rebuilding Seattle around Kevin Durant in 2007 (Allen and the rights to Glen Davis for the rights to Jeff Green, Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak’s expiring contract) and never imagined he was giving up five or six more killer Ray Allen seasons.
You know what’s the perfect description of Ray’s game? It’s exactly like Yosemite Falls. Just ask Bill Walton.