To the uninitiated, basketball is just a game of 10 men in shorts competing for who can shoot a ball into the net the most times for their team. However, to those who know, who have been immersed in the intricacies of the sport, basketball is a game of all-round human excellence. From cognitive ability in creativity, game reading to physical ability in endurance, fitness, flexibility, body coordination, and dexterity, basketball is one of humanity’s greatest inventions played by elites like Ray Allen.
Like the Romans had gladiators who stretched the peak of human abilities in the Coliseum, modern humans have basketball players who rise to the occasion every night to cement their name in history, dazzling both the fans and their opponents with majestic skill and physical prowess. In this category, Ray Allen will go down as one of the greatest to ever play the sport.
Ray Allen’s Biography, Age
Considering the discipline and conservatism often associated with the US Army, one would not expect a child that grew up on military bases to desire a life in the flamboyant NBA, but that was not the case for Ray Allen, who was born to military parents, Walter Sr. and Flora Allen.
He spent a lot of time while growing up between Germany, California, and England during which time he took interest in basketball and trained extensively. When his parents finally settled at South Carolina, Ray Allen was a weapon for his high school team at Hillcrest High School. With his help, the school won its first state championship which announced him to scouts and college coaches as a supreme talent. When college decisions came around, Ray Allen had developed enough reputation to have his pick of some of the best college basketball programs in the country. He went with the University of Connecticut.
At the University of Connecticut, Ray Allen cleared any doubt remaining of his ability to play in the NBA. He spent three years at the college, winning several individual honors for his performances although his team never managed to lay their hands on a trophy. Some of his college honors include first team All American and getting named as the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. UConn honored his name and jersey number in 2007. He finished his college career third on the University’s career scoring list.
NBA Move and Career Stats
When NBA came calling, Ray Allen was a man ready to take on the biggest league in the world. He joined the NBA as shooting guard for the Milwaukee Bucks and finished his first season named in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. After his first four seasons in the NBA, Ray Allen took his performance up a notch and began the establishment of a legacy that would be talked about for years to come. He played his first All-Star game on the 99/00 season and was the Bucks’ leading scorer in the regular and postseason. His time at the Bucks finally ended in the 2002/03 season, and he was moved to the Seattle SuperSonics. He was at the Sonics from 2003 to 2007, setting several personal records including climbing to the second place in the NBA 3 point field goals list.
After leaving the Sonics, Ray Allen moved to the Celtics where he spent 6 years, got his first NBA Championship in a win over LA Lakers, and was named 3rd best player in Milwaukee Bucks franchise history. He finished his career at the Miami Heat, where he spent 3 years and won his second Championship. Although he left the Heat in 2014, Ray Allen did not officially retire until 2016.
His 18 season career include honors like 10 NBA All-Star appearances, 3 Gold medals playing for the US National Basketball team and a few set records including franchise records for three teams he played for, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Seattle SuperSonics. Ray Allen finished his career as one of NBA greatest players, setting many records on his way to immortality. At the point of retirement, his NBA career stats stood at a total of 24,505 points, 5,272 rebounds, 4,361 assists. He averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game. He played a total of 1481 games.
Ray Allen’s Net Worth
Ray Allen once signed a huge contract worth $70 million with the Milwaukee Bucks. That and other big contracts helped him build a net worth of $100 million. With his wealth, he has created a foundation through which he gives back to several communities.
Wife and Kids
Perhaps an effect of the discipline he got from growing up in the military, Ray Allen was never known to be a controversial player and he extended that to his personal life. He got married to his long-term girlfriend, singer Shannon Walker Williams.
The two got married in a beautiful ceremony on the 16th of August, 2008 and have since had four children together, all sons.
They say Basketball is a game of height and this has proven to be true in more ways than one especially in the case of Ray Allen. While his career lasted, he was a shooting guard and thus needed a fitting height for the position, which he had. He stands at 6 feet and 5 inches and had a listed weight of 93kg.