Ray Allen '04
Perfect Slashing 2 Guard
Written by HebrewJebrew
This is going to be the best auction-able 2 guard in the game until November at least when we get more rubies/amythysts. I've had both Hardens (emerald and sapphire), Klay (DD w/Dray), DeRozan, emerald Louis Williams, JR Smith (DD w/Chandler) and CJ McCollum and I've never felt better with someone than Ray. He shoots better plus he jams better than any of those other cards.
Bought for: 20,000 MT
Dunking. Animations are out of control, he can go over anyone. Played about 40 games with him and have yet to get blocked on a dunk attempt. Added a posterizer badge maybe 20 games in, which are pretty cheap on the market rn, and after that never even had to worry about that weird 2k animation where the player jumps too far from the hoop and throws it over the top. If you can get to baseline with this guy, even with a guy on your side or facing down a center...LOOK OUT BELOW!
3 PT shooting (catch and shoot). He can just splash 3's over anyone, even heavily contested 3's. It's just absolute cheese. He comes with the deep range deadeye and it's almost unfair for someone who has shooting stats like this. Expect him to be a little streaky at pull-up 3's but he hits enough of them where you are annoyed when he misses (which is a good thing).
Probably the most controversial part of this review--his release is a huge strength. It is super funky, like really weird. But I went to the practice gym and just practiced hitting 3's with him for 10 minutes until I got it down. Basically you just need to hit the shoot button a split second before he receives the ball on a catch and shoot. But once that's down, it's over. The contested 3 is so easy because no one expects him to shoot so quickly and then he splashes so consistently.
- Free throws. He doesn't miss. Even if you time it to 'slightly early' he still has a 86% make. Time it to 'good' and it's 97%
Smaller build, with only a B for perimeter defense. He's not bad at defending and shot contesting when you hold the Right Stick up, so I wouldn't necessarily call it an issue but don't expect to be able to spam steals or mash the block button and be successful with him.
- Not as fast as you'd want. He'll finish fast break jams because he's so athletic but don't expect him to get out in the open if he rebounds the ball (like you can w/Russ or LeBron).
Recommended Strategy: use him as a premium slasher. Look to take him to the rack and roll in the buckets or look to fire from deep. Opponents have no idea how to guard someone like this.
Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y78HE8XGWbM This is him in real life but completely typifies how he plays in 2k. Dunks and 3's. What's better than that?
Other Notes: Check out his DD w/Steph. Raises both their offensive consistencies through the roof and they're great on the court together.
Use if: You want an athletic freak who can dunk like Blake Griffin and shoot like Steph Curry
Don't use if: You plan on running him at the point and facilitating with him. You can do it but it's not the best use of his abilities, especially when he costs so much money.