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General Manager Rick Sund on Ray Allen:
On last season:
"To be very honest, I knew that Ray was a great shooter, but I didn't realize what a tremendous feel he has for the game. When we did the trade, he came on board, everything he did in terms of his overall game was better than in Milwaukee. He had more assists, he was more involved in the offense, he had more rebounds, had a triple-double, almost had another one. That surprised me a little bit, because when I looked at him in Milwaukee I pretty much saw a guy who was just coming off of picks and shooting, but he's got some game. I thought Nate utilized his overall game very well."
Acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks in a five-player trade on Feb. 20, Ray Allen
wasted no time in demonstrating to Sonics fans that he is one of the game’s premier players. In his Sonics debut three days later against the Los Angeles Lakers, Allen just missed a triple-double, finishing with 26 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and nine assists. The following evening, Allen made his home debut and put away the Detroit Pistons with a strong fourth quarter. The KeyArena crowd immediately embraced Allen, giving him a standing ovation at game’s end. The victory over Detroit was the first of five straight for the Sonics, with Allen in control every step of the way. In a rematch with the Lakers, Allen finished off the triple-double he just missed in his first Sonics matchup with Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant
, grabbing 10 boards and handing out 10 assists in addition to his 29 points. The next night, against the Clippers, Allen scored a season-high 40 points on 12-for-18 shooting.
Though neither Allen nor the Sonics could maintain their torrid pace from the first six games after the trade, the marriage proved to be an excellent one in its first season. Allen’s final numbers with the Sonics were career-highs in scoring (24.5 ppg), rebounding (5.6 rpg), and assists (5.9 apg). At the same time, Allen’s new teammates picked up the pace and mirrored his intense but affable nature on the court. With Allen, the Sonics went 17-12 to climb back into playoff contention and boost expectations for the future.
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After the season, Allen was rewarded with a selection to the NBA’s All-Interview team, leading all players with 38 points. He also received the NBA’s Joe Dumars Sportsmanship Award for the season. With 15 votes, Allen was the second-leading vote-getter amongst guards who did not make the All-NBA team.
At his best ...
Allen recorded the second triple-double of his NBA career and his first with the Sonics on Feb. 28 in a 107-90 blowout victory. Allen scored 29 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Points: 40 @ L.A. Clippers 3/1/03
Rebounds: 13* @ L.A. Lakers 2/23/03, @ Chicago 4/1/03
Assists: 10 vs. L.A. Lakers 2/28/03
Blocks: 2* @ Cleveland 12/9/02, @ Dallas 12/30/02
Steals: 4 (3 Times)
* Denotes Career High
SUPERSONICS.COM Player of the Week:
Feb. 28-Mar. 6
Prior to being traded to the Sonics, Allen was named to the 2004 USA Olympic team.
Allen’s Career Statistics