Thursday, February 3, 2011

Should Ray Allen be an All Star reserve?

It seems to be between him and Joe Johnson. I love Johnson, but it doesn't seem like it should even be up for debate. Chris Forsberg broke it down quite nicely here:

* In games in which each player scored 20 or more points, Allen and the Celtics are 14-0; Johnson and the Hawks are 14-6.

* The 29-year-old Johnson is shooting 31 percent from 3-point land, which would be his lowest output since his rookie season; The 35-year-old Allen is shooting 45.8 percent, which would be a career high.
* Johnson is averaging 20.6 points per game while taking 17.4 shots per contest; Allen is averaging 17.3 points per game, but hoisting only 12.5 shots per contest.

* Allen is averaging 50.8 percent from the field this season, which would be a career high; Johnson is shooting 45 percent, nothing to sneeze at, but he's had four other seasons better (including 45.8 percent last year).

Two things stick out to me here: First, that Ray Allen averages 17 points and only needs 12 shots to get there, and second, that Ray Allen, one of the best shooters in NBA history, is shooting a career high from the field. No debate here. The only thing that would be good about him not getting the nod is that he'd get the week off and could go lie on a beach somewhere.

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