Is Ray Allen a slam dunk for the NBA Hall of Fame? | The Tylt
Ray Allen officially announced his retirement on The Players Tribune at the age of 41. Known as a skilled and prolific shooter during his 19-years in the NBA, Allen won two championships and made 10 All-Star teams. He also holds the NBA record for most regular season and playoff three-pointers. Some pundits say those numbers make Allen a lock for the Hall of Fame. But critics note he never won a title by himself and had to be on a "super team" to win a ring. What do you think? Vote below! 🏀
Is Ray Allen a slam dunk for the NBA Hall of Fame?
Here are Ray Allen's career highlights at a glance:
- 2× NBA champion (2008, 2013)
- 10× NBA All-Star (2000–2002, 2004–2009, 2011)
- All-NBA Second Team (2005)
- All-NBA Third Team (2001)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
- NBA Sportsmanship Award (2003)
- NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2001)
- NBA 3-point all-time leading scorer
Here is Ray Allen's "Letter to My Younger Self," where he officially announced his retirement from professional basketball:
I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.
Many fans think Ray Allen is a lock. I mean, this is the guy who owns the NBA record for three-pointers and played Jesus Shuttlesworth in "He Got Game". If that doesn't make you a first-ballot Hall of Fame, what does?
On the other hand, it's pretty easy to look good if you're playing with the likes of Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. Is it the Hall of Fame or the Hall of Really Good? Only the elite should be inducted and Ray Allen has never been able carry a team over the hump.