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One of the biggest questions looming around the NBA world is, how will Ray Allen fit in a Miami Heat uniform? Well, when you sign a player like Ray Allen, you know the basic stuff he brings you on a daily basis. His ability to spot up from different spots on the floor is phenomenal and he keeps his body in great shape for a proven knock down shooter. Ray Allen can also run around screens without worrying about losing energy on both ends of the court. Obviously, Miami felt like they needed another three-point shooter because of the injuries affecting Mike Miller the last two seasons.
Ray Allen’s Role:
Ray Allen is 37 years old, so you are talking about a veteran that has to realize what it takes to be part of a winning tradition here in Miami. Ray also has to figure out early that he is not playing with the Boston Celtics anymore, he is not going to get 25 + minutes a night like he used to. He has a specific role on the Miami Heat, that is to hit down the open jumper and add spacing on the court offensively. There will be plays still set up for him to deliver and come off screens in crucial sequences during the game. The Miami Heat never really had a proven sixth man coming off the bench for them but I think they will make the proper adjustment, utilizing his minutes and his role.
Ray Allen shot a career best .453 from beyond the arc last season in 46 games played with the Boston Celtics.
That statistic shows you right there that he still has a lot of miles left in him. Ray Allen is at his best when the play maker on his respective team is at his best facilitating. Ray can also create his own shot at times, but that isn’t his strength and not really his role on the team. He is going to have numerous wide open looks from beyond the three-point line with the penetration of Wade and James. I expect his three-point percentage to improve drastically playing with these play-makers.
Leader Ship Qualities
Out side of being a great scorer, three-point shooter and a workaholic. Ray Allen demands respect from the starting gate. Ray is not a scrub, he played in a lot of crucial games throughout his career before joining forces with Wade, Bosh, and James so you can’t question his basketball IQ. Not to mention, he is an underrated defender, obviously at this point in his career he can’t defend top-tier guards in 1 on 1 segments like he used to in Seattle. Doc Rivers takes pride in help defense, so in reality, Ray Allen had to be doing something right defensively in his stint with the Celtics.
Blog by Miami Heat Beat Writer Cameron Fortes, You can Follow Him on Twitter (@MSTRadioCameron)
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