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R. Allen (per 36 mins)     15.5 ppg,  3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.9 spg, .451 fg% .515 eFG%
T. Allen (per 36 mins)     13.4 ppg,  5.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.5 spg, .517 fg% .516 eFG%

Prior to blowing out his knee and the trade for Ray Allen three years ago Tony Allen was the Celtics other starting wing. Tony became the forgotten man on the Celtics and many called for him to be let go or traded for a couple rubber basketballs. Danny Ainge for reasons that left Celtics nation befuddled never gave up on Tony. If you look at the above stats Tony Allen has returned in such a big way that he's even outplaying Ray Allen, the guy that Celtics fans have no desire to see go. I should as a disclaimer mention that per 36 minutes Tony does average 1 more turnover, which is not surprising since he drives more often and also Ray Allen is an elite free throw shooter and Tony Allen is a career 74% free throw shooter, who's shooting even worse this year. On the other hand, Tony Allen on the other 50% of the game, which we call "defense" is a much better player. The reason I bring this up is not to make Ray look bad, but to show what a great comeback #42 has made. He's not a throw-in as an expiring contract; he would actually be a significant loss. Props to T.A. for stepping up this year and hopefully his contributions to the Celtics will continue through June at least.

JR 2/04/2010 05:17:00 PM Edit
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6 Responses so far.

  1. Karl Dillinger says:

    You beat me to another article! That is why you are the lead man and I'm just a role player.Agreed, TA has been great this year.

  2. Bohemian says:

    If there was a guy that I felt didn't fit any more with this team at the beginning of the season, it was surely Tony Allen. He's proven me wrong and I guess to many people too.

    Tony is playing awesome bball, adjusting to his role perfectly "à la Perkins" and maximizing his skills.

    This is the beauty of sports, from being on your way out to being worth to play big minutes (or starting) for our team.

    Well done, TA. I feel bad for not believing in him at the beginning of the season, though...

  3. tb727 says:

    Nice picture.

    Tony's in a contract year people, of course he's gonna try and play with focus. I expect this to be an aberration and for him to continue to suck after this year. Unless of course a team signs him to a 1 year deal.

  4. Three Toe says:

    Ah, being right... I never tire of it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Of course you're comparing a guy that's played a handful of games to a guy that's played the entire season so far -- And you've chosen to do it during a stretch of games where the handful guy is playing great ball. If you were comparing apples to apples (equal number of games, equal number of minutes, equally tired legs, etc.), would you come away with the same conclusion? Or do you honestly think Tony is going to keep playing this well for the rest of the year?

  6. Anonymous says:

    As a fellow ok State alum---Boston fans have never given him a chance.

    Tony's only major problem is that his has low self-esteem on the court.....the opposite of other players, Pierce, R Allen, etc. --Tony actually can't let his mistakes go and then compounds them by making another.

    He has ALWAYS been a great player-there are just some Celtics fans who didn't understand it.

    Tony was Big 12 player of the year his senior year -and also Big 12 Newcomer of the year in his junior year.....the same league that Paul Pierce (Big 8 then, i think), Kevin Durant, etc., etc., came from.

    This is the TRUE Tony Allen that you are seeing now - not the banged up,self-deprecating one that you are used to....

    The MORE minutes that he plays - the more that he will return to his greatness.

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