Ray Allen was one of the greatest NBA players of all-time as his legendary career, and his beautiful shot, helped him become a Hall of Famer. However, despite making more 3-pointers than anyone else in NBA history, Allen isn’t fond of the number of long-range shots players are taking today. In fact, he recently sent out a stern message about it.
NBA players shoot a lot of 3-pointers in today’s game
During Ray Allen’s career, the season in which he shot the most 3-pointers per game came in 2005-06 when he put up 8.4 long-range shots per night. No one else shot more than seven three-pointers per game that season.
In 2020-21, 23 NBA players are shooting seven or more 3-pointers per game and eight of them are shooting more than Allen’s career-high of 8.4.
To say that the game has changed is an understatement. Players are shooting significantly more 3-pointers today than they ever have in any other era.
So, what does Ray Allen, one of the greatest shooters of all-time, think about this?
Ray Allen sent a stern message about all the 3-pointers that players shoot today
“I think the game is still extremely entertaining; there is a lack of appeal to it right now watching it because there’s so many different dynamics to the game that are being lost. …The midrange game is being lost,” Allen said on the March 17 episode. “… Nowadays what you’re seeing [is] guys pump fake and step sideways on the 3-point line, and you’re making it a tougher shot than [if you were to get] into the paint and [get] something midrange.”
He continued: “I believe it’s bad for our young kids that watch. What I tell my boys, and I’m coaching their AAU team currently, and I tell them, ‘I want you guys to pay attention that what goes on in college. Play hard, learn from the NBA, the dos and the don’ts, but don’t settle for threes. I hated shooting threes to start a game because you want to kind of build your rhythm into it. … We have some quality, skilled shooters from behind the arc, but I’d like to see the bigs have more of a footing back in the game.”
Allen also discussed the effectiveness of getting big men their shots down low.
“You look at the big guys’ field goal percentage; they’re shooting the best throughout a season, maybe 60-plus percent,” Allen said. “That’s where a lot of times your bread’s buttered, and I think we’ve gone away from that, and I’d like to see us get back to that.”
Ray Allen certainly makes some excellent points. There aren’t nearly as many dominant big men in the league as there used to be. However, he might also just want players shooting fewer 3-pointers so that his record is protected.
Ray Allen is the 3-point king
For his career, Allen ultimately made more 3-pointers than any other player in NBA history, as he made 2,973. However, Stephen Curry and James Harden are on his heels. Curry has 2,675, and Harden has 2,426. It’s hard to see his record holding for that much longer.
Had Ray Allen shot as many threes as Curry and Harden, though, his record probably would have been untouchable. Harden shoots an average of 7.7 threes per game for his career, while Curry shoots 8.4 per game. Allen only shot 5.7. So, had Allen shot an average of eight 3-pointers per game in his 1,300 career games at his career average of 40% shooting from long range, he would have made 4,160 3-pointers in his career. Curry and Harden wouldn’t even be close to that number.
Ray Allen’s record may come down soon, but he still proved throughout his career that he is one of the NBA’s 3-point GOATs.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference