Nervous in Boston



I promise that my initial intention in setting out to do some research for this post was to cast a little doubt on the widespread-on-ESPN.com assumption that Ray Allen's career is about to head off a cliff. That led me to Basketball-Reference.com which judges Allen's career thus far to be substantially more similar to Mitch Richmond's than to anyone else.

Unfortunately, between the 97-98 season (when he was 32) and the 98-99 season (when he was 33), Richmond experienced a sudden and dramatic decline in playing ability, transforming overnight from a star-quality player to a decided state of averageness.

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