Clockwork for Ray
December, 3, 2010
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
Celtics guard Ray Allen turned 35 this offseason, but shows no signs of fading like others have when they reached his age.
Brian Babineau/NBAE/GettyCeltics guard Ray Allen is still thriving -- and logging big minutes -- at the age of 35.
Due in part to injuries, Allen is averaging 37.1 minutes per game this year, the most since his final season in Seattle, where he averaged a whopping 40.3 minutes per game over 55 appearances during the 2006-07 season. In fact, that 37.1 minutes per game matches Allen's 15-year career average, and speaks volumes about the on-court role he's playing for the Green this season (by comparison, Shaquille O'Neal, at age 38, is playing 23 minutes per game, some 12.1 minutes less than his career average of 35.1).
If Allen's minutes remain high moving forward, he'll land in the select company of star players that logged heavy court time after the age of 35. Courtesy of ESPN researchers, check out that list below (with age at the start of that season -- in years and days -- and the average minutes that player logged that season):
1972-73 - Wilt Chamberlain, LAL - 36 years, 50 days - 43.2 minutes per game
1971-72 - Chamberlain, LAL - 35-52 - 42.3
1969-70 - Elgin Baylor, LAL - 35-28 - 41
2000-01 - Reggie Miller, IND - 35-68 - 39.3
2001-02 - Karl Malone, UTAH - 38-98 - 38
1998-99 - Malone, UTAH - 35-196 - 37.4
2010-11 - Ray Allen, BOS - 35-98 - 37.1
1981-82 - Elvin Hayes, HOU - 35-347 - 37