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Tony Allen
Tony Allen MG 2464.jpg
Boston Celtics  – No. 42
Shooting guard/Point guard[1][2]/Small forward[3]
Born January 11, 1982 (1982-01-11) (age 28)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 213 lb (97 kg)
League NBA
Salary $2,500,000
High school Crane HS
(Chicago, Illinois)
College Oklahoma State
Draft 25th overall, 2004
Boston Celtics
Pro career 2004present
Awards NBA Champion
(2008)
Profile Info Page

Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois), commonly referred to as Tony Allen, is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. A swingman, he can play as a guard or forward.[3]

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Early career

Allen played at Chicago's Crane High School, where he was a basketball standout. At Crane, Allen played alongside future Celtics prospect Will Bynum.[4] A 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m), 213 lb (97 kg; 15.2 st) shooting guard, Allen spent his freshman year (2000-01) playing for Butler County College in El Dorado, Kansas, where he averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals, going on to being named Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year.[5] During his sophomore year (2001-02) at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel, Illinois, he led his team to 32-6 overall record and fourth place at the NJCAA championships.[5]

For his final two college seasons (2002–2004), Allen transferred to Oklahoma State University (OSU), where he was named the national junior-college transfer of the year by collegeinsider.com,[4] and cited by college basketball commentator Dick Vitale as one of the top three junior college transfers during his junior season.[4] He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year his senior year, after averaging 16 points per game and leading the Cowboys to the Final Four. Allen became the first player in OSU history to score 1,000 career points in just two seasons.[5] He graduated Oklahoma State with a degree in education.

NBA career

Allen (#42) attempts a shot over the Wizards' Antawn Jamison.

Allen was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 25th overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft. In his rookie season in 2004–05 he averaged 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, and ranked 3rd in the league in steals per 48 minutes, with 2.89. He was selected to play for the rookies in the Got Milk? Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend, along with fellow Celtics rookie Al Jefferson.

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Shooting incident

During the 2005 off-season, Allen was charged with aggravated battery stemming from an altercation that escalated into the non-fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man outside a restaurant in Chicago in August 2005. Although he was not a suspect in the shooting, Allen was accused of breaking another man's left eye socket.[6] He spent two nights in jail, but was not implicated in the shooting. Due to this incident and a rather severe right knee injury that Allen had suffered prior to the shooting, Allen missed much of the first half of the 2005-06 season. On April 24, 2007, Allen was found not guilty by a Chicago court.[6]

Knee injury

On January 10, 2007, in the final minutes of a Celtics loss to the Indiana Pacers, Allen suffered a debilitating knee injury as he landed awkwardly following an uncontested slam dunk attempt after the whistle was blown,[7] tearing both the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL).[8] Allen underwent a successful ACL reconstructive surgery on January 13 at New England Baptist Hospital[9] and was sidelined for the rest of the season.[7] He was averaging 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.48 steals in 33 games.[10] He made a fast return to the court for his type of knee injury only nine months later during the following preseason, even though not at full strength.[11] However, the explosiveness he displayed prior to the injury was noted as "sorely lacking".[11]

2008–09

On July 23, 2008, Allen re-signed with the Celtics on a 2-year, $5.0 million contract.[12][13]

Personal

In his spare time, Tony Allen enjoys listening to music,[5] and is considered somewhat of a music "connoisseur" by his Celtic teammates. He also frequently assists the Celtics in charity work in and around the Boston area. Allen was born to Ella Allen, and he has two sisters, Ebony and Dominique, and a brother, Ryan.[4][5]

His Celtic teammates call him "Gucci."[14]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004-05 Boston 77 34 16.4 .475 .387 .737 2.9 .8 1.0 .3 6.4
2005-06 Boston 51 9 19.2 .471 .324 .746 2.2 1.3 1.0 .3 7.2
2006-07 Boston 33 18 24.4 .514 .242 .784 3.8 1.7 1.5 .4 11.5
2007-08 Boston 75 11 18.3 .434 .316 .762 2.2 1.5 .8 .3 6.6
2008-09 Boston 46 2 19.3 .482 .222 .725 2.3 1.4 1.2 .5 7.8
Career 282 74 18.8 .472 .302 .752 2.6 1.3 1.0 .3 7.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004-05 Boston 7 3 12.9 .444 .000 .429 1.7 .3 .4 .3 2.7
2007-08 Boston 15 0 4.3 .563 .000 .400 .2 .2 .1 .0 1.3
2008-09 Boston 10 0 6.0 .500 .000 1.000 0.9 .3 .2 .0 .9
Career 32 3 6.8 .500 .000 .462 .8 .3 .2 .1 1.5

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