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Garnett, Allen heading in opposite direction in FA rankings

Ray Allen #20 and Kevin Garnett #5 of

Ray Allen #20 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics watch from the bench at the end of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. (May 23, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

A pair of Boston Celtics are heading in opposite directions in the latest update to Newsday's 2012 NBA free agent rankings.

Kevin Garnett surged to sixth as he continues to put together a vintage postseason. The veteran power forward is averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds in the playoffs, largely thanks to a huge series against the 76ers.

Since the rankings were last updated in late April, Garnett was also rewarded for his tough defense during the regular season, earning a spot on the All-Defensive 2nd team.

Meanwhile, Ray Allen's deteriorating right ankle could cost him free agent dollars. Allen, who has been bugged by the balky ankle throughout the postseason, has been horrible from the floor, averaging just 9.8 points and shooting an uncharacteristic 27.9 percent from three.

Allen's regular season wasn't great either. He averaged just 14.2 points per game -- the lowest mark since his rookie season -- and shot just 45.8 percent from the floor -- his worst percentage in five years. And while Allen converted on a career-best 45.3 percent from three during the regular season, he wasn't nearly as effecitve in the second half of the year; he shot 48.5 percent from downtown prior to the All-Star break, but 41.2 percent after.

The veteran shooting guard is now 17th in the free agent rankings.

The latest top 10:

1. Deron Williams
2. Steve Nash
3. Eric Gordon
4. Brook Lopez
5. Roy Hibbert
6. Kevin Garnett
7. Ersan Ilyasova
8. Nicolas Batum
9. Goran Dragic
10. Tim Duncan

You can see the entire list, including 62 free agents, by clicking here.


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