It really took us all by surprise when Ray Allen decided to call it a day and officially retire from the NBA, as we were all expecting for him to sign with a contender mid-season for two years straight.
It always felt like Allen could’ve still contributed in this league despite his age, but after winning multiple NBA Championships, perhaps he wasn’t that motivated to keep on with the NBA lifestyle, the constant traveling, and exhausting schedules.
Even so, the All-Star Weekend proved us all right, as Allen impressed with his outstanding performance in the Celebrity Game, scoring 24 points with his ageless jumper and drew a lot of praise from the media and colleagues.
That’s why Daryl Morey, the Houston Rockets’ General Manager, openly stated that he’d be willing to sign Jesus Shuttlesworth to a 10-day contract, should he be interested in making a comeback to the NBA.
Allen’s game is tailor-made for today’s NBA. He’s got one of the quickest triggers on NBA history, the smoothest jumper you’ll see and is one of the greatest three-point shooters to ever lace them up.
Obviously, playing at age 43 and being away from professional basketball for nearly 5 years may be a tough path to overcome, but given the nature of his game, it looks like he’d be more than able of giving the Rockets at least 10 ppg on limited minutes off the bench.
Let’s not forget about the fact that Vince Carter is still in the league at age 44 and has shown glimpses of his former self from time to time, and even if Allen doesn’t make the final cut, having him around for an extra couple of games would be a nice treat for NBA fans.
Allen has already made it to the Hall of Fame and there’s little motivation to make an NBA comeback at this point of his life, but it wouldn’t be the craziest idea for him to lace them up once again.
Throughout his career, Allen posted averages of 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game on 45/40/89 shooting splits. He won 2 NBA Championships, made it to 10 All-Stars and is one of the most beloved players ever unless you’re a Celtics fan.
Former NBA player Rex Chapman thinks that Ray Allen can still play.