Ray Allen looking to score more off the dribblePosted by Inside Hoops
Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel on one of Ray Allen’s goals that may surprise fans:
During the later stages of his career, Miami Heat guard Ray Allen has begun each season with one goal.
Take fewer 3-pointers than the previous year.
So far, Allen is on pace this season because of an effort to score more off the dribble. Shooting less from the arc has provided the chance to prove he can still create his own opportunities.
“His layups per 48 [minutes] have gone up,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s just how the spacing is working. We want all of our guys to be playmakers on the weak side. … He has a reputation so there are a lot of close outs that are hard to run him off the shot. As long as we have good spacing, I don’t have a problem with any of our guys putting the ball on the floor.”
Allen is attempting four 3-pointers a game, the lowest since his rookie year with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1996. He is getting more chances at the rim because opponents are so focused on preventing the 3-point shot. Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-point baskets with 2,879.