Walter Ray Allen, Jr. (born July 20, 1975) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In college, he was a member of the University of Connecticut Huskies.
Allen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth pick of the 1996 NBA draft. Immediately after his selection, Allen and Andrew Lang were traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to fourth pick Stephon Marbury. Allen was a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie 2nd Team in 1996. His most successful season with the Bucks occurred during the 2000–01 season: he won the 3-point shootout during All-Star Weekend; was selected to the All-NBA Third Team; and led the Bucks, as part of Milwaukee’s “Big Three”, alongside Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson, to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Allen Iverson-led Philadelphia 76ers.
One of the most accurate three-point and free throw shooters in NBA history, he is a ten-time NBA All-Star, and has won two NBA championships. He has also won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States men’s basketball team. Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader both in three-point field goals made and attempted in the regular season, as well as the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals made in the postseason. Allen has acted in two films, including a lead role in the 1998 Spike Lee film He Got Game.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA champion (2008, 2013)
10× NBA All-Star (2000–2002, 2004–2009, 2011)
All-NBA Second Team (2005)
All-NBA Third Team (2001)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
NBA Sportsmanship Award (2003)
NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2001)
NBA all-time leader in three-pointers made
Consensus first-team All-American (1996)
UPI Player of the Year (1996)
Big East Player of the Year (1996)
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (1995)
Men’s basketball Competitor for United States
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan Team
Gold medal – first place 1995 Fukuoka Team