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Ray Allen: 2008-2009 Celtics Player Review

Ray Allen

Often criticized for being streaky when the Celtics really need him, Ray Allen still had one of the better years of his career this past season. The eldest member of the big three was also the subject of trade rumors at the start of the off-season, but those rumors have since died down and it looks like Allen will be right back in the starting five where he belongs for the Celtics.

Regular Season

Ray had really solid numbers during the regular season, and not only were his numbers up from his first season with the Celtics but a lot of his stats were career highs. Obviously his scoring numbers are a little down, but that is just due to playing with the caliber players of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Allen averaged 18.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. However, Allen set a career high in free throw percentage at .952 and matched a career high in field goal percentage at .480, which he previously had in the 2000-01 season with Milwaukee.

Playoffs

The playoffs were not always so friendly to Allen though. He had a great first around against Chicago where he averaged 23.4 points per game and played absolutely amazing in Game 6 of that series. Let me refresh your memory, that game went three overtimes and Allen dueled with other former UConn Star Ben Gordon and finished the night with 51 points. Unfortunately, it was not enough and Celts lost that one.

Against Orlando, Allen was very streaky and had difficulties getting his shot down much like the season before in the second round against the Cavs. Allen only averaged 13.1 points per game.

Future Outlook

Say what you will about Ray being streaky, inconsistent, or slowing down due to age. He is still a huge scoring threat and will knock down three pointer after three pointer game after game. This year is the last year on his contract and will be trying to make a good case as a  future free agent, so expect some good numbers out of him.

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