OAKLAND, CA. — Two season removed from the National Basketball Association, Ray Allen, a ten-time All-Star, has been rumored to return to the league for an encore. Allen is the career leader in 3-point field goals with 2,973 made. At the age of 40, he would clearly be on off-the-bench option should it happen.
But is he worth it?
Lets look at the stats from his last season in the NBA with the Miami Heat (at age 38):
2013-2014 – 9.6 points per game, 2.0 assists, 2.8 total rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks. He averaged 26.5 minutes per game in 73 games played primarily coming off the bench.
It’s tough to say whether or not he would be able to give the same return on production 2-years later and removed from the game. In limited action, he may not have the same numbers but his presence on the court wold force teams to cover him on the perimeter.
The Warriors mantra last season was Strength in Numbers. In acquiring megastar, Kevin Durant this offseason, the Warriors have sacrificed some of their ‘Stength in Numbers’. Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Brandon Rush, Festus Ezile, Mareese Speights (a.k.a. Mo Buckets), and Leandro Barbosa all have left to join different teams. That is a huge hit in depth for the acquisition of one singular player.
The Warriors drafted Damian Jones out of Vanderbilt and Patrick McCaw out of UNLV, both of which have mounds of potential. However, it may be tough to justify relying on young players to fill voids left behind the veterans who left. There is also last years first rounder who saw very limited time in Kevon Looney who will have a chance to prove himself. The Warriors also re-signed James Michael McAdoo (another very young player) who the signed in 2014 as an undrafted rookie.
Golden State did sign free agent, David West (35) who spent time with the San Antonio Spurs last season on top of the Durant signing. West will receive a minimum contract in his own personal quest to ring chase. Even with that signing, the depth still remains a question mark.
Outside of Shaun Livingston, it appears on the surface that the veteran leadership coming off the bench is not there. Would adding someone like Ray Allen make the difference?
Allen has also been reported as eyeing the Cleveland Cavaliers as a team he would consider joining. He played with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in his last season with the Heat.
Ray Allen has played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat. Should he chose to make a comeback with the Warriors, it would be the fifth team in his career. He would have a chance to break the 3,000 mark of 3-point shots made as well.
Career Stats Per Game:
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