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Star Warz: Reggie Miller vs. Ray Allen

Star Warz: Reggie Miller vs. Ray Allen

Star Warz: Reggie Miller vs. Ray Allen
The Battle: Who’s Better?
It’s always an epic debate when your trying to determine who is the best shooter in NBA history. The debate always takes us into the past with 3pt assassins like Larry Bird, Steve Nash, Dale Ellis, Dell Curry, John Paxson and Steve Kerr; all the way to present sharpshooters like Stephen Curry, J.J. Redick, Klay Thompson, and Dirk Nowitzki . Two players always at the top of that discussion are Indiana Pacers Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and newly announced Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Both players have made their fair share of memorable clutch jumpers breaking opposing fans’ hearts in the process. Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” goes in-depth into both players’ careers and try to find out the answer to arguably one of the toughest question in the league today…….Who’s Better?

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Reggie Miller Info:
Pos: SG Height: 6’7” Weight: 195 College: UCLA Pro Team: Indiana Pacers Career Highlights: No. 11 Overall Selection in 1987 NBA Draft, 5x NBA All-Star Selection, 2x All-NBA Team selection, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, & 2012 NBA Hall of Famer

Strengths:
Arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history, Reggie Miller could go from freezing cold to scorching hot in a matter of one shot and proved that no lead was safe with him on the court. A five-time All-Star selection, Miller led the league in free throw accuracy five times and won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics. When Miller retired from the NBA, he held the record for most career 3-point field goals made in a career and 12th all-time on the NBA scoring list. Never the most athletic player in the NBA, Miller was very crafty. He could cause defenders to look like they were fouling him while he was in the act of shooting getting him to the free-throw line often for the easy two and get under their skin on defense by using his unique method of trash-talking. This lead to a few new NBA rules created in his honor. Reggie was at his best against his longtime rivals the New York Knicks, highlighted by his 25 point 4th quarter in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals and his eight points in 8.9 seconds during the 4th quarter of Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals both comeback victories. Miller is one of only a handful of shooters to join the 50–40–90 club and he is 2nd all-time in seasons played with one franchise with his 18 years of service with the Indiana Pacers. Miller has become much more of a cultural icon than anything else because of his epic battles with the Knicks. But he made the three-point shot the weapon it is today. A lot of players owe their success to what Miller did for them from beyond the arc, in showing that a knock down shooter can be a deadly weapon in the NBA.

Weakness:
Reggie Miller could shoot the lights out of any arena faster than PG&E, but he could also be colder than Alaska in early Jan. with bad shooting. Arguably one of the best shooters in NBA history, Reggie never won an NBA 3pt shootout contest and only was named an NBA all-star five times. Miller may have had many iconic playoff moments, but is considered by many experts as a failure in the postseason as his Pacers were often beaten by the East elite teams Chicago, Orlando, and Knicks on their ways to the NBA Finals.

Game 3 - NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - New York Knicks  vs. Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden

Ray Allen
Pos: SG Height: 6’5” Weight: 205 College: UCONN Pro Team (s): Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Boston Celtics, & Miami Heat Career Highlights: No. 5 Overall Selection in 1996 NBA Draft, 10x NBA All-Star Selection, 2x All-NBA team selection, 2001 3pt-Shootout Champion, 2003 NBA Sportsmanship Award, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, & 2x NBA Champion

Strengths:
A 10-time NBA All-Star, Ray Allen always had game! After a dozen seasons in Milwaukee and Seattle, he finally found a place where he could become a bona fide basketball legend. As part of the “Big Three” for the Boston Celtics, Ray helped restore glory to the green and white in the late 00’s. His long-distance shooting keyed a championship in 2008 and provided a record-setting memory on the team’s quest for another NBA title in 2010. After a great run with Boston, Allen would use his championship caliber shooting to help the Miami Heat to an NBA title and 2 NBA finals appearances. Known by many as one of the most-polished guards in NBA history, Allen always had the stats to earn Hall of Fame consideration. One of the most accurate 3-point and free throw shooters in NBA history, Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader both in three-point field goals made and attempted in the regular season as well as the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made in the postseason. Allen is automatic from the free-throw line as well, he averaged 89% for a career at the charity stripe.

Weakness:
In his prime, Ray Allen could do it all on both ends of the court, but when his athletic ability started to diminish he became a huge liability on the defensive end of the court. It even got to the point where while in Boston, it was rumored that Allen would take plays off causing him to be benched for better defensive players in the closing mins of games.

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And the winner is……:
You couldn’t go wrong with either player with the ball in their hand and time running out. Both are great team leaders in their own way and you can almost bet your last dollar on these two every time either man shoots the ball. Ray Allen has one of the best jumpers this game will ever see, but if you can keep up with him and push him around a bit, he tends to get frustrated and loses his confidence. Reggie Miller played in a tougher era and there never a more creative player to get under his opponent skin in the game. Now with that being said, Miller was known for his defense and at times, what cooler than being cool, Reggie’s jump shot on a bad night. Both men play the shooting guard position very well, but if we were starting an NBA team tomorrow and could only choose one of these two men; we would have no choice but to choose…..Ray Allen. Reggie Miller was a great star, but once his skills began to diminish, he became non-existent as he wasn’t able to still remain productive with a lesser role. Ray Allen on the other hand, he was a player that managed to thrive and remain a championship caliber player no matter what his role was with the team. In today NBA, you need a player that can be a star player when needed, but also be able to still contribute as a role player when a win or a championship requires it.

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