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Ray Allen is about to begin his second season with the Boston Celtics after 11 outstanding years with Milwaukee and Seattle. A member of the Celtics “Big Three” along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Ray had an outstanding first year with the Green and helped lead them to the NBA title. He averaged 17.4 points per game and was a dominant performer in the NBA Finals, as he put up 20.3 points/game while shooting 52.4 percent from 3-point range. Ray came to the Celtics following one of the best seasons of his career in 2006-07. He averaged a career-high 26.4 points per game (6th in the NBA) for Seattle while shooting 90.3 percent from the free-throw line (4th in NBA). He exploded for a career-high 54 points against Utah on January 12, 2007. An 8-time NBA All-Star, Ray is one of the best shooters in league history. In 2005-06, he set the NBA single-season record by making 269 three-point field goals, breaking the mark of 267 treys set by Dennis Scott in 1995-96. Ray has made 2,100 three-pointers in his career, second all-time behind Reggie Miller’s 2,560. For his career, he has averaged 21.1 points per game. In 2002-03, he received the NBA’s Joe Dumars Trophy for Outstanding Sportsmanship. He was a member of the gold medal winning U.S. squad in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Prior to his stellar pro career, Ray starred for three seasons at the University of Connecticut. In 1995-96, he was a consensus first-time All-American and earned Big East Player of the Year honors as he led the Huskies to the Big East regular season and tournament titles, and a final record of 32-3. Ray is a standout off the court as well. He starred in Spike Lee’s film “He Got Game” and appeared in the movie “Harvard Man.” He started the “Ray of Hope” Foundation to assist charities in several communities. He was named The Sporting News “Good Guy” in 2000, 2001 and 2005.

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