The Golden State Warriors are the hottest team in the NBA right now with their franchise best 14 game winning streak and team best 19-2 start. But despite residing on top of the NBA’s mountain, the Dubs are not resting on their laurels.
Throwing Hat in the Ring
Even though they have arguably the best back-court tandem in the NBA, the Warriors have expressed their interest in signing free agent guard Ray Allen who hast still not decided where to play this season.
The 39 year old sharpshooter was a key bench contributor for the Miami Heat during their back to back title conquests. Allen averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season. The 18 year NBA veteran also shot .905 from the foul line and .375 from the three point area. He also made 1.6 three pointers per game during the 2013-14 NBA season. He will forever be remembered for hitting the game-tying three pointer in the dying seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals that sent the game to overtime and forced a Game 7 that enabled the Heat keep their title.
Allen, who played the role of Jesus Shuttlesworth in the 1998 Spike Lee movie “He Got Game”, is the NBA’s All-time leader in three point field goals made with 2,973 as of the 2013-14 season. Known as the NBA’s Basketball Jesus for making big baskets, Allen is one of the NBA’s best clutch players and most feared offensive weapons. Along with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, he led the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA championship before moving on to becoming the Miami Heat’s main back-up up player.
When he became a free agent last off-season, Allen purposely did not sign with any team as he opted to take the time to reflect on whether he would continue playing or announce his retirement. But last August, Allen told people close to him that he will be returning to the NBA this season. He however did not commit to any team although sources were saying that the Cleveland Cavaliers were the top contenders because of Heat teammate LeBron James and the opportunity to win his third title there. Allen had previously said that should he return this season, it would be to a team which has a good shot at winning the NBA title.
Warriors GM Bob Myers confirmed that they had indeed contacted Allen’s agent to “gauge his interest”. Myers believes that Allen is a championship piece worth adding and he is going to look for the place that is “best for him.” The Warriors and the Cavaliers aren’t the only teams hot in Allen’s trail. The defending champion San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards have also sent their feelers to Allen’s representatives.
It’s obvious that Allen will make the Warriors a more dangerous offensive team. Allen will also be very valuable to the team with his championship experience. But a key concern is that the Warriors are stacked in the backcourt. Aside from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors also have Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa in their current roster. How Allen would fit and how Kerr would shuffle the minutes could only ruin the chemistry that they already have established.
That problem though is one they can solve after they sign him. The more important issue for the Warriors should be signing Allen because It’s always better to have this basketball Jesus on your side rather than on the other side. Just ask the Spurs.