Ray Allen Announces His Retirement
One of the Bucks all-time greatest players has officially announced his playing days in the NBA are done.
In a letter written to himself that was posted on The Player’s Tribune, Ray Allen, who was selected fifth overall in the 1996 draft, announced Tuesday morning he is retiring from the NBA. Allen last played for the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season and spent 18 seasons in the NBA with four different teams.
Allen got his start with the Bucks, playing in Milwaukee for seven seasons beginning in 1996. He was a three-time All-Star with Milwaukee and averaged 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in seven seasons with the Bucks. During that time he shot 40.6 percent from 3-point range and ranks as the Bucks all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (1,051), and is third in 3-point field goal percentage (.406), ninth in points (9,681) and 10th in games played (494). He also played in a Bucks franchise record 400 consecutive games from Nov. 1, 1996 through December 20, 2001.
Allen, along with Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell, led the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2001, coming just one game short of the NBA Finals.
As a rookie with the Bucks, Allen made the All-Rookie Second Team, and in 2001 was named to the All-NBA Team after averaging 22.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, while shooting 43.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Allen exits the NBA as the league’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals with 2,973. Overall, he appeared in 10 All-Star games and won two NBA Championships with Boston during the 2007-08 season and with Miami during the 2012-13 season.
For his career, Allen averaged 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while shooting 45.2 percent overall. He appeared in 1,300 games, starting 1,149 of them.
GALLERY: Ray Allen with the Bucks