Reggie Miller vs. Ray Allen - They are pretty much mirrors of each other. Two of the
greatest shooters, especially 3 point shooters, of all time. They both had
average defense, average passing, and average rebounding. The big question when
people bring their name's up is: Who's better? That's why I decided to write
about them. I'm always getting into heated debates over this question so I want
the facts and stats to back me up. I will decide who's better by comparing them
by each individual category. The categories are: Scoring, Defense, Passing,
Rebounding, and the Finale. Feel free to comment by email in a proper manner. Also follow me on twitter at @CJ_H_12.
Scoring: Neither of them are amazing scorers like Jordan. They are pretty good scorers
though. Ray Allen has a better career PPG than Reggie but that's mostly because
of his last 4 seasons. In fact if you take away Reggie's last 4 seasons his
average is 19.44 PPG instead of 18.2 PPG. Ray's career average is 20.0 PPG. I
decided compare their seasons too. I did this by comparing their first, second,
third, etc seasons. Ray outscored Reggie 11 times while Reggie only beat him 4
times (they tied once). The only thing that could make Reggie win is his
playoff PPG. Reggie's playoff PPG is 23.5 PPG. Ray's is 20.5 PPG. Still this is
the scoring category not the clutch factor so Ray has to win this round.
Defense: This one is too close to call. Ray was the stronger one out of the two though. If
anyone had to get this point it would be Ray but it's just too close to call. None
of them have anything to brag about when it comes to defense, but Ray does have
some credentials. Ray has been called on to stop offensive forces like Kobe
Bryant. They were both below par one on one defenders and average team
defenders. This one is just too close.
Passing: For this one I am going to go by APG by comparing their first through last
seasons. I will also look at their career APG. Ray Allen averaged more APG 12
times compared to Reggie's 4. Ray also has a better career APG: Ray: 3.6
Reggie: 3.0. Neither or these guys are going to do a behind the back pass but
they will get the ball around. The only rip I have on Reggie is this - Reggie
came off a lot of screens as a shooter but he didn't look for the screener
after the pick. Ray did this too but he could move the ball around better than
Reggie coming off of screens. This one has to go to Ray.
Rebounding: This one again has a clear winner. Reggie Miller averaged 3.0 TRB for his
career. Ray Allen averaged 4.2 TRB. Reggie never averaged at least 4.0 RPG in
his career. Ray did it 11 times! In fact Ray averaged 5 rebounds per game 4
times! Mean while Reggie never reached 4 APG in his career. Here is how they
fared against each other: 1999 eastern first round: RPG: Ray: 7.3 Reggie: 3.3 2000 eastern first round: RPG: Ray: 6.6 RPG Reggie: 2.4. As you can see Ray
completely outrebounds Reggie by 4 rebounds in the two meetings. This one has
to go to Ray.
Advantage: Ray Allen
Finale: For the finale I will compare MPG/GPS, shooting efficiency, and the clutch
factor. First is the MPG/GPS (GPS = Games per season). Reggie averaged 78 games per season for his career (excluding 1999 due to a shortened season). Ray averaged 69.7 GPS. Yes,
he averaged only 69 games per season. This is due to injuries. Ray played the
maximum amount of games in a season 5 times. Reggie did it 6 times. Ray did
average more minutes per game for his career but 9 games completely out rules a
couple of minutes. For the sake of the curious here is their MPG: Ray: 36.9
Reggie: 34.3. The score is now 3-2. Next is shooting efficiency. This is very
difficult because they are possibly the two greatest shooters of all time.
First is field goal percentage. Ray's career FG% is 45.2%. Reggie's is 47.1%.
Reggie also averaged above 50% 4 times while Ray never did it. Next is free
throw percentage. Although Reggie led the league in free throws 5 times and Ray
never did it, Ray is the better one. Ray's free throw percentage for his career
is 89.4%. Reggie's is 88.8%. Ray also shot above 90% 11 times while Reggie only
did it 8 times. Last for shooting efficiency is, 3 pointers. Most likely these
are the greatest 3 point shooters of all time. In my opinion there is no way to
answer this other than 3 point percentage. Ray has a 40% 3 point percentage
while Reggie had a 39.5% 3 point percentage. To me, that's too close to make an
answer. You could make the case that Ray has more 3 pointers and a better 3
point percentage but they're just too close to me. So the score is still 3-2.
Last is the clutch factor. This one is very easy. Reggie has to get this. Other
than Michael Jordan, Reggie would be my number one pick to take the last shot.
Ray is definitely in the top 10 but he's not number 2. These are some of the
most clutch players of all time. Reggie however wins. The score is now tied
3-3. The question is now whose more valuable. Their PPG are pretty much the
same, their defense is pretty much the same, Ray's passing and rebounding is
better but Reggie's MPG/GPS and clutch factor are better. To me I'd rather have
the second option. Ray only averages 1 more assist and rebound than Reggie.
Reggie however dominated in MPG/GPS and the clutch factor. So to me, I would
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