Former Heat marksman, Ray Allen has been elected into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. He joins an elite class of Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill. Ray was an essential member of the Heat during his tenure and he’s responsible for the biggest shot in Heat history.
Ray was not without his criticisms when decided to join the Heat. The Celtics and Heat were in the midst of a bitter rivalry and his decision to leave them for the “enemy” left a bitter taste in the mouths of Celtics fans. Still Heat fans were pumped and rightfully so.
Ray was at the tail end of his career when he joined the Heat, but his addition offered a new reliable shooting presence that the Heat were lacking with a beat up Mike Miller. With that, Ray joined the team as a role player, but became irreplaceable even before he hit “The Shot.” During his two years in Miami, Allen shot just under 40% from beyond the arc and averaged about 10 points a game.
Still, he was not without his big games, or dunks for that matter!
It was in the clutch that the Heat really depended on Ray and he delivered time and time again on both offense and defense.
LeBron, Wade and Bosh maybe have been the faces of The “Big Three” era in Miami, but without Ray Allen’s shot in Game 6 those years are not remembered the same way. It’s great to see that he’ll be immortalized in the hall. For all of South Florida and Heat fans everywhere there will always be something magical about hearing the words “Rebound Bosh, back out to Allen...his three pointer, BANG!”
Congrats Ray! You deserve it.