Former NBA guard Ray Allen officially announced his retirement from basketball on Tuesday morning. Allen wrote a post on The Players’ Tribune entitled “Letter to My Younger Self” in which he details his 18-year NBA career and gives some advice to his 13-year-old self.
“I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”
Allen hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season but hadn’t officially announced that his playing days were over until now. Murmurs of his potential interest in chasing another championship ring with the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors have surfaced in the past, but nothing ever came of them.
Allen played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat after the Minnesota Timberwolves took him fifth overall out of Connecticut back in the 1996 draft.
They immediately traded him, along with another player, to the Bucks in exchange for the draft rights to Stephon Marbury. It didn’t take him long to emerge as a star and an elite shooter, and he finished his career as the NBA’s all-time leader in made three-pointers (2,973). He surpassed longtime Indiana Pacers swingman Reggie Miller for the honor while with the Celtics back in 2011.
In all, Allen was a 10-time All-Star and won a pair of championships with the Celtics and Heat, respectively. He was dealt from Seattle to Boston prior to the 2007-08 season and helped the franchise to its first title since 1986 in his first campaign with the club. He left that “big three” during the summer of 2012 to join another noteworthy triumvirate in Miami.
He earned his second ring in 2013 with the Heat and knocked down what has become one of the most infamous shots in NBA history in Game 6 of the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Allen hit a three-pointer from the corner that tied the game and sent it to overtime, effectively saving Miami from elimination in the process. The Heat would go on to win that game as well as Game 7.
Allen averaged 18.9 points over his 18 NBA seasons and connected on exactly 40 percent of his three-point attempts.