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Our rankings of the NBA's top 10 players at each position over the next five weeks continues.
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, these rankings are meant to capture where players rank at this moment.
We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.
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This week: Shooting guards.
Shooting-guard ranking: 8th
Current team: Boston Celtics
Height/Weight: 6-5, 205
Age on July 20, 2011: 36
Seasons with Celtics/NBA: 4/16
2010-11 regular-season stats: 80 G, 36.1 mpg, .491 fg%, .444 3p%, .881 ft%, 16.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.7 apg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats*: 615 ts%, .577 efg%, 5.8 trb%, 116 ortg, 104 drtg, 16.4 PER
2010-11: postseason stats: 9G, 40.6 mpg, .523 fg%, .571 3p%, .960 ft%, 18.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg
2010-11 advanced postseason stats*: .708 ts%, .670 efg%, 5.8 trb%, 136 ortg, 106 drtg, 19.6 PER
Contract status: Allen is in the last year of the two-year, $20-million contract extension he signed before the 2010-11 season.
Strengths: Allen's an oldie but goodie, especially as a shooter. Last season, he became the NBA's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, passing Reggie Miller. Allen stays in tremendous shape, still able to run off screens. He is one of the all-time greats at the line.
Weaknesses: Allen has never been a great defender, but the Celtics have disguised his warts by inserting some defensive specialists. Allen, who recently turned 36, has been durable the last three seasons but Father Time catches everyone.
The future: Allen will be a free agent after the season unless the Celtics re-sign him. He could probably be effective for a contender for another two seasons.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:
ts%: True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
efg%: Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
trb%: Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
ortg: Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
drtg: Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
PER: Developed by ESPN.com's John Hollinger, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.
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