Following the Miami Heat's 2012 Finals win over the Oklahoma City Thunder -- a series in which the Heat shot 43 percent from three-point territory by placing Shane Battier and Mike Miller outside the arc to snipe -- Pat Riley pushed his chips to the middle of the table and went all-in on the Heat's position-less (i.e. small ball) scheme.
Miami convinced Ray Allen to spurn Boston and come to South Beach for about half as much money as the Celtics were offering, signing the 36-year-old shooting guard to a one-year, $3 million contract that includes a player option for the 2013-14 season. Since Miami couldn't offer Allen as much money as other teams, Riley and Erik Spoelstra dangled a carrot that no other organization could: the opportunity to play alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Essentially, the opportunity to take wide open threes on a nightly basis and make a run at another championship, a mountain Allen has climbed just once before, with Boston in 2007-08.
Allen, coming off the bench for the first time in his illustrious 16-year career, has been everything Miami could've hoped for. His minutes, by design, are down. Ditto for shot attempts, although Allen is hoisting 11.3 shots per 36 minutes, the exact same pace at which he launched in 2011-12. From an efficiency standpoint, the former UCONN Husky is posting career highs in true shooting percentage (63.1%) and effective FG percentage (58.6%) while posting his highest rebound rate (8%) in the past decade.
Evaluating the Ray Allen signing thus far
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