The Celtics Will Feel the Loss of Tony Allen

July 12th, 2010 by Stephen Stone Leave a reply »

Tony Allen was selected by the Celtics in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft.

Allen carried a ton of potential. He had uncanny athleticism and the skills to be a versatile star in the league. Many of those skills never materialized, and he may be the most frustratingly inconsistent Celtics I've ever rooted for.

Now he's gone.

He signed a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies this morning.

I already miss him.

The Tony Allen era lasted six bizarre seasons.

His turnover to good offensive play ratio was at least 5:1. I can count on one hand the number of key jump shots I saw him make.

His Celtics resume also consists of a gun charge and a blown out knee that occurred during a show off dunk AFTER the whistle blew on a play.

As this was happening, he transformed himself into an elite defender.

When Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the team, and Boston became a contender, Allen's defense was ready to aid their championship run.

When the Celtics won the NBA Championship in 2008, they defeated LeBron James' Cavaliers and Kobe Bryant's Lakers along the wa ...

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