Monday, May 19, 2008

Time For Ray Allen To Either Show Up....Or Retire

Of all players who has appeared in the NBA playoffs this year, Ray Allen is 135th in Efficiency per 48 minutes:

http://aol.nba.com/statistics/player/Efficiency.jsp?season=42007&league=00&conf=OVERALL&qualified=N&position=0&splitType=9&yearsExp=-1&sortOrder=7&splitDD=All+Teams&pager.offset=100

135. There are only 16 playoff teams. So, Ray's level of play puts him at about an 8th or 9th man on a mid-level playoff team. So, basically a guy who you wouldn't trust to play a whole lot in the playoffs. The three guys above him: Big Baby, DeShawn Stevenson, Jarvis Hayes. The next three below him: CJ Miles, Barbosa, Mo Evans.

Um, ouch.

According to basketball-reference.com, Ray and Rip Hamilton have faced each other 20 times:
http://www.basketball-reference.com/fc/h2h_finder.cgi?request=1&p1=allenra02&p2=hamilri01. Allen enjoys the slight advantage in virtually every stat and his team has won 13 of the 20 games.

If Ray Allen cannot be even a starter-level player in the playoffs, he needs to have some pride and walk up to Danny Ainge after the season and say, "I quit. I do not deserve the remaining $36MM on my deal. I am sorry for the dreadful showing I have made when my team needed me the most."

Or he can just step up and play better. One or the other.........