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Tony Allen selected for This Year's NBA All-Defensive Second Team

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All Heart, Grit, Grind, all year.

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Following a down year and an already odd off season, here is something positive about this year's campaign for the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to the team's website, Tony Allen has been elected to the NBA's All-Defensive Team for the fifth time in his career.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2015-16 season, the NBA announced today. This marks the fifth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and a Second Team nod in 2010-11. Allen has now been recognized on the NBA All-Defensive Teams five times in his six seasons with the Grizzlies.

Allen (6-4, 213) averaged 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.72 steals in 25.3 minutes in 64 games (57 starts) for Memphis this season. The 34-year-old was tied for the NBA lead with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio in steals per 48 minutes (3.3) among players with a minimum of 1,500 total minutes played. The Grizzlies’ defensive rating was 2.2 points better with Allen on the floor (104.1) than with him off the floor (106.3). In addition, Allen led the team with 1.7 steals per game.

As in past seasons, Allen ranked among the league leaders in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus (DRPM) stat and was among the elite in perimeter defenders: Kawhi Leonard (4.51), LeBron James (2.55), Danny Green (2.36) and Allen (2.34). Allen’s 2015-16 campaign also included reaching 1,000 career steals on March 7 at Cleveland.

The NBA All-Defensive First Team is comprised of unanimous-selection Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (260 points, 130 First Team votes), forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (251 points, 123 First Team votes), center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers (137 points, 47 First Team votes) and guards Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics (149 points, 62 First Team votes) and Chris Paul of the Clippers (148 points, 59 First Team votes).

Joining Allen (121 points, 44 First Team & 33 Second Team votes) on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team is Atlanta’s Paul Millsap (97 points), Indiana’s Paul George (48 points), Miami’s Hassan Whiteside (126 points) and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler (62 points).

Players were awarded two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly.  Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes.

And in true TA fashion, he was humbled and focused next year so he can make the first team.


Congratulation Tony Allen on your achievement and for representing the city of Memphis so very well, on and off the court.