Ray Allen Snubs LeBron James and Dwyane Wade From His Former Teammates Starting Five

Published 06/09/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: LeBron James participates in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)


Before the shooting exploits of Stephen Curry, Ray Allen was in a league of his own. The Milwaukee Bucks drafted him in 1996 as he took the Bucks to the NBA Eastern Conference finals while also winning his first NBA title with Boston Celtics in 2008. After spending five seasons with the Celtics he later moved onto the Miami Heat where he won his second NBA title along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. However, in a recent podcast, Ray Allen left out James and Wade as he picked his top 4 players to team up with.

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So who made the cut?

UNCASVILLE, CT – SEPTEMBER 08: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Inductee Ray Allen attends the SiriusXM NBA Radio Hall Of Fame Town Hall with Ray Allen, Jason Kidd and Rod Thorn at Mohegan Sun on September 8, 2018 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Ray Allen leaves out LeBron James and Wade

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Arguably the greatest shooter in the league before a certain Steph Curry came into existence, Allen has played with a lot of talented players. Ray also holds the record for the most three-pointers made in NBA history. For now, let’s look at the players who got selected.

“I am taking Glenn Robinson, Terrell Brandon, I have played with Shaq, and it is easy to put Shaq, and I’m gonna say KG,” said Allen.

Even though he won the NBA title with James and Wade, neither of these two players got selected. Glenn Robinson and Terrell Brandon were underrated names in the league’s history for their commitment on the court. Likewise, Shaquille O’Neal was a dominant player, and his inclusion is understandable. Similarly, Kevin Garnett’s selection will have no doubts because of the influence he had on Allen and the Celtics. But why was LeBron not selected?

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Denzel Washington (L) talks to Ray Allen (R) at a game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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With his consistent shooting beyond the arc, Allen was one of the best shooters in the league. Notably, his second title came with the Miami Heat. James was terrific in the playoffs that season as the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3 and Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 chat during halftime during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, there can be a cause for his omission of these two players. When game six was played in Miami, the Heat were trailing 3-2 to the Spurs during the 2013 NBA finals. With Spurs looking to close out the series in Miami, Ray Allen stepped up, and produced a miraculous shot.

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James and Wade were at the risk of losing the NBA title, but Allen stepped up to the occasion. He single-handedly gave James a second chance to win his second consecutive NBA title. Even though James was at his usual self, the contributions of Allen can’t be forgotten.

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Allen had an illustrious career. Despite winning an NBA championship with LeBron he does not select him in his top five. However, the aforementioned players have had a greater influence on his career, and that might be the reason for choosing those players. But did James deserve a place in his starting line-up?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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