Former Supersonics legend Ray Allen named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2018
Former Seattle Supersonic and 10 time All-Star Ray Allen was selected for the Hall of Fame. Allen was a shining star in the waning years of the Seattle Supersonics from 2003-2007. Having already been a star at Milwaukee, Allen was a part of a rather large trade that saw Gary Payton traded for Ray Allen (and other players to make the contracts work).
Allen would find tremendous success from downtown, setting the Sonics record for 3 pointers made (269) and 3 pointers attempted (653) in a season. Along with Rashard Lewis, Allen would find his way to a several all-star games and in the 2004-05 season, Allen would lead the team in scoring averaging 23.9 ppg. They would finish 52-30 and finish 1st in the Northwest division.
In 2007 though, the Sonics would embark on a youth movement and traded Allen to the Boston Celtics where he would begin to become a household name as he would win 2 championships.
Ray Allen had all the stats that legitimized his Hall of Fame credentials. He is Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in made threes in the regular season and postseason. But he is also a Hall of Fame human being as he is remembered as a humble and professional player.
“I think about everybody who has had a hand in my growth,” Allen recently said. “Not only as an athlete, but as a person. I think about being a young kid when I first started this game. Not only the people who inspired me to be better, but the people who challenged me by being negative in my direction, also allowed me to be better.”
When he was in Seattle, he was all class taking time out for charities and the fans. He never got into trouble and was a role model for a lot of kids in Seattle.
Allen was beacon of hope during the Sonics darkest period in the mid 2000’s. It is a shame that the people who took the Sonics to OKC also forced a trade to push Allen away from Seattle. Luckily for Allen he was able to continue a long and successful career, and I have my memories of 5 amazing seasons at Key Arena.