Interesting blogger viewpoints on the Allen pickup by the Heat.
Most applaud the move. Hoops Rumors’ Zach Links writes,
“…the defending champs have added yet another scoring threat in the backcourt to help keep defenses honest LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Allen averaged 14.2 PPG while shooting an eye-popping 45.3% from downtown in 46 games last season.”
Riley Schmitt of Rant Sports adds, “If there is such a thing as the perfect shot, I believe Ray Ray has it.”
However, Matt Shetler of Bleacher Report thinks the signing doesn’t guarantee the Heat another championship, saying, “He did just have surgery on his ankle, but who knows how much left he has to give, even to a Miami team where he wouldn’t have to play major minutes?”
Joel Brigham of Hoops World goes one step further, believing that the signing is overrated. He questions how Allen fits into this Heat’s rotation…
“Even when Allen was on the floor last year, he wasn’t always himself. He averaged only 14.2 ppg last season, the lowest since his rookie year, and he appears to be shying away from anything other than non-contact jumpers, as evidenced by the fact that he went to the free-throw line only 106 times, easily the worst number of his career.”
My opinion? Ray isn’t a volatile personality, and while you can’t keep playing forever, and effectiveness (and health) certainly diminish with age, this does give the Heat another 3-point option in their offense. The point that Allen may not find a rhythm playing limited minutes is valid, but he does seem to be the type that can come off the bench and produce, and playing Wade at point guard is not out of the question.
This fits with what Miami wants to do. Continue spreading the floor, and adding more weapons to their arsenal. Will Ray fit in? In the end, it’s arguably all mental. Whether Allen fits in or not will matter just as much as overconfidence after a championship. In football, this plays a major part in the lack of repeat champions, but in basketball not so much. Much as I hate to admit it, I think they’ll make it work. It’s up to other teams to stop them with size and power inside.
What’s your opinion?