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Not to be confused with Allan Ray.

Ray Allen
Allen playing for the Heat.
Personal information
Full name Walter Ray Allen Jr.
Born July 20, 1975 (1975-07-20) (age 46)
Merced, California
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (m)
Listed weight 205 lbs (kg)
Career information
High School Hillcrest
(Dalzell, South Carolina)
College UConn (1993–1996)
NBA Draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 1996–2014 (18 years)
Position Shooting guard
Number 34, 20
Career history
19962003 Milwaukee Bucks
20032007 Seattle SuperSonics
20072012 Boston Celtics
20122014 Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2008, 2013)
  • 10× NBA All-Star (20002002, 20042009, 2011)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2005)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2001)
  • NBA Sportsmanship Award (2003)
  • NBA Three-Point Contest champion (2001)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
  • UPI Player of the Year (1996)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1996)
  • Big East Player of the Year (1996)
  • 2× First-team All-Big East (1995, 1996)
  • No. 34 retired by the UConn Huskies
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1995)

Walter Ray Allen Jr. (born July 20, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player.

He played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in September 2018.

Allen played college basketball for the Connecticut Huskies for three seasons, gaining a reputation as an efficient long-range shooter. He entered the NBA in 1996 as the fifth overall selection, selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. In the NBA, he developed into a prolific scorer for the Bucks, featuring alongside Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell as the team achieved playoff success. However, the trio were unable to capture a championship, and Allen was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics. In Seattle, Allen's reputation as a scorer was solidified; he would break several league records for three-point and free throw shooting. Despite this, a title still eluded Allen, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007.

In Boston, Allen and new teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce formed a "Big Three" and had immediate success, winning an NBA championship in 2008 against the Los Angeles Lakers, to give the team its 17th championship. He remained with the franchise for five seasons, before departing in free agency to join the Miami Heat for two seasons. In Miami, Allen accepted a reserve role, emphasizing spot-up and clutch shooting, which allowed him to capture another championship in 2013. His clutch three-pointer over Tony Parker to tie Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs with 5.2 seconds remaining to force a Game 7 is regarded as one of the most memorable and clutch plays in NBA history.

Allen's list of individual accolades are extensive; he gained ten NBA All-Star designations, he won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States men's basketball team, and he also holds NBA records in career three-point field goals made in both the regular and postseason. He is widely considered one of the best shooters of all-time.

During his NBA career, Allen acted during some offseasons. He is best known for his role as basketball prodigy Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game (1998). Allen's performance as Shuttlesworth was greatly praised by critics, and the name was borrowed as Allen's basketball nickname.

Early Life

The third of five children, Ray Allen was born at Castle Air Force Base near Merced, California. A military child, he spent time growing up in Saxmundham in England, Altus in Oklahoma, Edwards Air Force Base in California, and Germany. He attended high school in Dalzell, South Carolina, where he led Hillcrest High School to a basketball state championship.


Allen attended the University of Connecticut from 1993-1996 after being recruited by assistant coach Karl Hobbs. While at UCONN he earned All-American status and was named USA Basketball's Male Athlete of the Year in 1995.

In 1995–96, his final college season, Allen was a first-team All-American and won the Big East Player of the Year award. Allen finished his UConn career third on the Huskies' career scoring list with 1,922 points and set a single-season school record by connecting on 115 three-pointers in 1995–96.

In 2001, he was named honorary captain of the 25-member UConn All-Century Basketball Team. On February 5, 2007, his name and number were honored at Connecticut's Gampel Pavilion during the "Huskies of Honor" ceremony at halftime of the men's basketball game against the Syracuse Orange.

NBA career

Milwaukee Bucks (1996–2003)

Allen was drafted out of the University of Connecticut by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. Immediately after his selection, Allen and Andrew Lang were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to fourth pick Stephon Marbury. Allen was a member of the NBA's All-Rookie 2nd Team in 1996. His most successful season with the Bucks occurred during the 2000-01 season as he won the 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend, was selected to the All-NBA Third Team, and led the Bucks, as part of Milwaukee's "Big Three", alongside Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson, to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Seattle SuperSonics (2003–2007)

Allen remained with the Bucks midway through the 2002-03 season, when he was dealt to the Sonics, along with Ronald Murray, former UConn teammate Kevin Ollie, and a conditional first round draft pick, in exchange for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason. After an injury-riddled 2003-04 season season, he was named to the All-NBA 2nd Team and, alongside teammate Rashard Lewis, led the Sonics to the Conference Semifinals in 2005. After the 2004-05 season, Allen signed a 5-year, $80 million contract extension. In the 2005-06 regular season, he averaged a career-high 25.1 points per game while adding 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

During his Seattle tenure, Allen achieved many individual accomplishments. On March 12, 2006, Allen became the 97th player in NBA history to score 15,000 points. On April 7, 2006, Allen moved into second place on the NBA's list of all-time 3-point field goals made, trailing only Reggie Miller. On April 19, 2006, Allen broke Dennis Scott's ten-year-old NBA record for 3-point field goals made in a season against the Denver Nuggets.

On January 12, 2007, Allen scored a career-high 54 points against the Utah Jazz in a 122-114 overtime win, the second most in Sonics history. Shortly after, he had ankle surgery on both ankles and missed the remainder of the 2006-07 season.

Boston Celtics (2007–2012)

On June 28, 2007, the Sonics traded Allen and Glen Davis, the 35th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, to the Celtics in exchange for Delonte West, Wally Szczerbiak, and the fifth overall pick, Jeff Green. Shortly after acquiring Allen, the Celtics acquired Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett to play alongside Allen and Paul Pierce. The trio formed the core of the new Big Three era in Boston.

On November 4, 2007, Allen passed 17,000 points for his career with his first of two 3-pointers in overtime in a 98–95 victory against the Toronto Raptors, in which he sank the game winning 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in overtime.

On February 13, 2008, Allen was named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace injured East All-Star Caron Butler of the Washington Wizards, who was out with a left hip flexor strain, for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. While LeBron James was given the All-Star MVP Award, many analysts, including the TNT commentators of the game, felt it should have gone to Allen, who scored 14 points in a stretch of 2 minutes and 30 seconds in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the East team.

On March 28, 2008, Allen was honored as the 3rd best of the 20 greatest players in franchise history during Milwaukee's 40th Anniversary Team Celebration, but could not attend the festivities because of the Celtics' game against the New Orleans Hornets. The Boston Celtics finished 66-16, and were the #1 seed in the 2008 NBA Playoffs. The Celtics struggled in the first two rounds of the playoffs, losing every single away game, but maintaining a undefeated playoff record at home. The Celtics had defeated the #8 seeded Atlanta Hawks 4-3 and then defeated the #4 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers 4-3 as well. They advanced to the NBA Finals after a 4-2 Conference Finals series win over the Detroit Pistons.

On June 12, 2008, Allen would play all 48 minutes and contribute greatly with 19 points and 9 rebounds in what would become the largest comeback in NBA Finals history, with the Celtics coming back from a 24-point deficit at one point in the second quarter and a deficit as large as 20 in the third. In that game, Allen would make the game clinching layup with 16.4 seconds remaining to give the Celtics a 5-point lead and put the game away.

On June 17, 2008, in the series-ending Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Allen tied an NBA Finals record with seven three-pointers in the Celtics' 131–92 victory of the Los Angeles Lakers, and also broke the record for three-pointers made in a NBA Finals series with 22, eclipsing the previous record of 17 by Dan Majerle and Derek Harper.

On February 5, 2009, Allen was named as the All-Star replacement for Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson. This marks Allen's ninth time on the All-Star team and the second straight year he has made it alongside teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

On February 22, 2009, with his streak ending at 72, Allen broke the Celtics franchise record in consecutive free throws made previously set by Larry Bird.

In the first round of the 2009 Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls, Game 1 proved to be tough for Allen. He ended up shooting 1–11 from the field, and the Celtics lost by two. In Game 2, however, Allen nailed the game winning three-pointer at the end of regulation with two seconds left to cap off an impressive 30 point night. In Game 6, despite a Boston loss, Allen managed to score 51 points. Boston ended up winning the series in 7 Games. He reunited with former teammate and co-captain of the Seattle SuperSonics, Rashard Lewis in the Conference Semifinals, this time as opponents, however. After 4 games and a 2–2 series tie, his highest scoring game was a 22 point performance in a Game 2 victory.

On December 10, 2009, Allen scored 18 points to reach the 20,000 point total for his career.

On June 6, 2010, in Game 2 of the 2010 Finals in a 103–94 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, Allen set the record for most three-pointers made in an NBA Finals game on 8–11 shooting. He broke Michael Jordan's record of six three-pointers in one half by hitting seven in the first half and had tied Scottie Pippen and Kenny Smith's record for most three-pointers in one game in the NBA Finals by half time. Allen also became the first player in NBA history to have two separate games of scoring at least seven three-pointers in the NBA Finals. In the following game, on June 8, 2010, Allen was one miss shy of tying the NBA Finals record of most consecutive missed shots, going 0–13 from the field, including 0–8 from the 3-point line. He did, however, manage to score 2 points from the free throw line.

After becoming a free agent on July 1, 2010, Allen re-signed a two year-deal with the Boston Celtics on July 7 worth $20 million.

During a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 10, 2011, Allen became the all-time NBA leader in total 3-point field goals made (2,562), surpassing Reggie Miller's record of 2,560. The 35 year-old shooting guard finished the game with 20 points, but the Celtics eventually lost 92-86. In the 2010-11 season, Allen was named to his tenth All-Star game alongside teammates Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. Also during All-Star Weekend, Allen competed in the 3-Point Shootout, but lost to James Jones of the Miami Heat. Allen became an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Miami Heat (2012–2014)

In the summer of 2012, he sign with Miami Heat. He then won another championship thanks to a clutch shot in game 6, now having 2 rings from the 2013 Finals. After 2014, Allen became a free agent.


In the summer of 2016, Allen talked about making a comeback to the NBA, with the chance to sign with any team that he wants, but ultimately decided to officially retire from the game on November 1, 2016.

Boston Celtics 2007–08 season roster
5 Gаrnett • 9 Rondo • 11 Davis • 13 Pruitt • 20 R. Allen • 28 Cassell • 34 Pierce • 41 Posey • 42 T. Allen • 43 Perkins • 44 Scalabrine • 50 House • 66 Pollard • 93 Brown • 0 Powe
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Doc Rivers
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
Boston Celtics 2008–09 season roster
4 Giddens • 5 Gаrnett • 8 Marbury • 9 Rondo • 11 Davis • 12 Moore • 13 Pruitt • 20 R. Allen • 34 Pierce • 42 T. Allen • 43 Perkins • 44 Scalabrine • 50 House • 66 Pollard • 0 Powe
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Doc Rivers
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals
Boston Celtics 2009–10 season roster
4 Giddens • 5 Gаrnett • 9 Rondo • 11 Davis • 20 R. Allen • 30 Wallace • 34 Pierce • 40 Finley • 42 T. Allen • 43 Perkins • 44 Scalabrine • 52 Daniels • 60 Hudson • 84 Robinson • 94 Williams
Players who left during the season
Head coach: Doc Rivers
Regular SeasonPlayoffsFinals