A picture-perfect jump shot needed to be re-imaged after watching Ray Allen shoot from long range.
His flawless delivery has resulted in 2,561 shots made from beyond the arc, surpassing Reggie Miller in the record books and sealing Allen’s fate as the greatest long range specialist the NBA has ever seen.
Fitting he drained the shot on national television against the Lakers.
Etching his name in the record books for yet another three-point record, setting the mark for the most in a career is just the latest proof of his long range precision.
Even though he is the most dominant three-point shooter in NBA history, Allen is still vastly underrated.
Rarely is he mentioned among the best of his generation, the reality is the only shooting guard that has outplayed him has been Lakers nemesis Kobe Bryant.
Not bad, considering Bryant has made a push to be included among the 10 greatest to ever to touch a basketball.
What has made Allen so special has been his ability to adjust his game.
By transitioning into the third scoring option with the Celtics, Allen has learned how to become a more effective scorer, even at the age of 35.
Shooting over 50 percent from the field for the first time in his career, and a career high 45.8 percent from three-point range, Allen is averaging 17.3 points per game while taking just 12.5 shots per game.
In just four years with the Celtics, Allen has been able to cement himself as one of the most lethal post season shooters of all-time.
Draining a record eight shots from beyond the arc during Game 2 to of the NBA Finals last season, surpassing his record of seven during the 2008 Finals, Allen proved he can elevate his game when it matters most.
In two Finals appearances, he is shooting .409 percent from three-point range while averaging 17.3 points per game. Both numbers are better than Miller, who led the Pacers to the 2001 NBA Finals and was the primary scoring option for the team.
One of the keys to his success has been his exceptional free throw shooting. Ranked fifth all-time, shooting .8929 percent from the free throw line, Allen has been the late game closer for Boston.
His ability to close out games has been an intricate part of Boston’s recent success.
In 2008, Allen was a key component in ending a 22-year title drought as he finished off the Lakers in Game 6 with 26 points, on 7-of-9 shooting from three-point range, with four rebounds and three steals.
Pierce was named Finals MVP, but Allen’s impact was just as important.
It’s been 14 years since Allen was selected fifth overall by Minnesota in 1996 and traded on draft night to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury,
For the first six years of his career, Allen honed his game as an outside shooter and became one of the most consistent shooters in the league.
Teaming with Glenn Robinson to lead the Bucks offensive attack, Allen almost took a struggling franchise to its first NBA Finals appearance since 1974.
Despite averaging over 20 points per game, Milwaukee’s season came to an end in the first round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons at the hands of the Pacers in 1999 and 2000.
The following year, Allen put together one of the most impressive post season runs in recent history.
In 18 games, Allen made 57 three-point field goals, shooting 47 percent from downtown while averaging 25 points and six assists per game.
His amazing play led Milwaukee to Game 7 of the Eastern Confernece Finals, where his 26 points and six assists weren’t enough to overcome Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Dealt away at the trade deadline in 2003 to Seattle, Allen quickly became one of the premier scorers in the league.
Although Seattle struggled, Allen set an NBA record with 269 three-point field goals in 2004-05 and the following year poured in a career best 26.4 points per game.
As Seattle was rebuilding its franchise by drafting Kevin Durant, it dealt Allen to the Celtics for the fifth overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Playing three different roles for three franchises, the consistency in Allen’s game has been staggering.
In 14 years, he has averaged less than 17 points per game just twice, only failed to drain 100 three-point field goals in the strike shortened season of 1998-99 and has been selected as an All-Star nine times.
Take a look at the numerous records Allen has totaled throughout his career:
As he drew closer to the record, it became nearly impossible not to root for him. For each shot he makes from beyond the arc, allows members of the Ray of Hope Foundation to donate $3 to the Joslin Diabetes Center.
You had a chance to see Allen’s mother in the stands, wearing a “Got 3’s?” shirt as the Celtics battled the Dallas Mavericks on national television.
Moments like that show how much Allen means to his family and this league.
After draining his record three-pointer, there is no way a picture perfect jump shot can’t include a picture of Allen.