Ray Allen Better Than Larry Bird
Ray Allen passed Reggie Miller on Thursday night for the most three-pointers made in NBA history. Ray Allen has also passed Larry Bird in one aspect.
Ray Allen is easily a bigger three-point threat than Larry Bird ever was. “Larry Legend” is the perfect name for Bird. It mostly means that his career was legendary. It also means that there is a Paul Bunyan-like legend to just how good he was.
What I mean by the Paul Bunyan line is this. There are plenty of people who will suggest that Larry Bird was a better three-point shooter than Ray Allen was. That’s absurd. You have to look at the numbers.
Ray Allen has made 2,562 three-pointers in his career. Larry Bird made 649. That’s virtually a 4-to-1 difference. Ray Allen has made nearly four times more three-pointers than Larry Bird.
Ray Allen also shot a better percentage from three-point range than Bird. Ray is a 39% three-point shooter, while Bird shot at a 37% clip.
I’m not arguing that Ray Allen is a better all-around player. However, I will say that anyone who argues that Bird was the better three-point shooter, is out of their mind.