Ray Allen is heading to the Hall of Fame. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced Saturday the sharp shooter will join Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Mo Cheeks and former Celtics Charlie Scott and Dino Radja in the class of 2018.
Allen, 42, is one of the most prolific shooters in NBA history. He holds the record for most three-point field goals with 2,973 and shot 40-percent from beyond the arc.
“Everything in my life I’ve always had some adversity that I’ve had to deal with,” he told ESPN’s Chris Forsberg Thursday. “(This is a) nod that says, ‘Hey, you were great. You were awesome. You ended up being one of the best.’ And, at the end of the day, you did your job and you did it well.”
Allen spent the first 12 seasons of his career in Milwaukee and Seattle, making seven All-Star teams. The Celtics acquired him from Seattle in June 2007 in exchange for the No. 5 overall pick, Jeff Green.
Part of the new “Big Three” alongside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Allen helped lead the Celtics to their championship in 2008. But his career in Boston ended amidst controversy, which he chronicles in his new tell-all book. In it, Allen explains the locker room turmoil he encountered in Boston, including his problematic relationship with Rajon Rondo.
Faced with decreased playing time and amplifying tension, Allen signed with the Heat in 2012. He made the game-tying three-pointer in Game 6 of the NBA Finals that year, propelling the Heat to force a Game 7 against the Spurs. Miami won the series, giving Allen his second championship.
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