Allen Making 3-Point History
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Kevin Pelton, SUPERSONICS.COM | December 21, 2005
Still just 30 years old, Seattle SuperSonics guard Ray Allen is taking his rightful place amongst the NBA's top all-time 3-point shooters.

In the past eight days, Allen has moved past Tim Hardaway and Glen Rice to ascend to third place in NBA history with 1,562. Only former Sonics guard Dale Ellis (1,719) and Reggie Miller (2,560) have made more 3-pointers in NBA history. Now, Allen is coming after them.


"You're talking about some of the best shooters the league has ever seen. It's something that will hopefully last for a long time."
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"It's great company," Allen told reporters after last night's game in Phoenix, when he hit four 3-pointers to surpass Rice. "You're talking about some of the best shooters the league has ever seen. It's something that will hopefully last for a long time. For the rest of my career, I can even separate myself from the rest of the guys and move closer to Dale."

Allen is adding to his 3-point total at a rapid rate. After an incredible five-game stretch that saw him hit 23 3-pointers in eight days (and 42 attempts), Allen is averaging 3.2 3-pointers per game this season. That puts him on pace to make 260 if he keeps up the pace over all 82 games, which would threaten Dennis Scott's NBA record of 267 3s, set during the 1995-96 season with Orlando. (That was during the stretch when the line was moved in to 22 feet, instead of its current distance of 23-feet, nine inches at the top of the key.) Only Scott and Dallas' George McCloud, with 257 that same season, have ever made more than 250 3s in a single season.

Allen has made 16.9% more 3s this season than his nearest NBA competitor, Washington's Gilbert Arenas (65). That gives him a good chance of leading the league in made 3s for the third time in his career, which would be a new NBA record. Six other players, including Miller and Larry Bird, have led the league in 3s twice.

At his current pace, Allen would catch Ellis, who is currently 157 3-pointers away, in 50 games, giving him a chance to be alone in second place in NBA history in 3-pointers at the end of his 10th NBA season. Miller is much further away. Given his current pace, Allen would need 316 games to pass Miller, which would put the potential milestone early in the 2009-10 season.

Through the end of last season, Allen was comfortably ahead of Miller's nine-season pace despite the 1998-99 NBA lockout, which cost him 32 games that season:

Season-by-Season
Year
Allen
Miller
1
117
61
2
134
98
3
74
150
4
172
112
5
202
129
6
229
167
7
201
123
8
148
195
9
209
168
Cumulative
Year
Allen
Miller
1
117
61
2
251
159
3
325
309
4
497
421
5
699
550
6
928
717
7
1129
840
8
1277
1035
9
1486
1203