The Greatness of WRA

Amanda Doerr

The all-time leader in three pointers is a very uncommon and impressive record to break, especially for a 35-year-old NBA

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen (20) and Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (2) talk during a lull in the action in the second half of their NBA basketball game at the Garden in Boston, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. The Mavericks defeated the Celtics 101-97. Kidd made a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left for the win. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

player. However, on February 11, 2011 at 8:42 p.m., Walter Ray Allen broke the three point record while playing against the L.A Lakers. Through this milestone, Allen was able to surpass the great Reggie Miller who was ironically the commentator during this particular game.

Even though Allen is a veteran when it comes to basketball, age is really nothing but a number for this phenomenal shooter. His strength, work ethic, amazing foot work, and love for the game have led him to many achievements on and off the court. Prior to professional ball, he had an impressive high school record averaging 28.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 5.3 assist per game by his senior year. Following high school at Hillcrest, All-American-Allen played ball for the nearby Connecticut Huskies and achieved many honors there as well. As far as the NBA, Ray Allen has been a pro baller for 14 years playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, and currently the Boston Celtics. His statistics for this season are out of this world with an average of 17.4 points per game on 51 percent shooting and 46 percent from the three point range.

Ray Allen has a never ending list of accomplishments aside from his point averages. He has been selected to the All-star game 11 times and received the Gold Medal at the Olympic Australian summer games in 2000. Allen was named All-NBA twice thus far in his career and not only has a knack for basketball but for giving back to the community. His philanthropic ways have led to his selection as the spokesperson for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and his creation of the Ray of Hope.

The Ray of Hope is a charity that was established in 1997 to help community and sports based programs so that young people have a safe and motivating chance to discover their potential. Ray Allen has also appeared in two films and several commercials. It’s expected that Walter Ray Allen will be around for another few seasons which will only make the 3-point record that much harder to break. There is definitely much more to come from this athletic family man.