Grizzlies’ Tony Allen named to NBA All-Defensive second team

Lee Eric Smith | 6/27/2017, 11:31 a.m.
Grizzlies swingman Tony Allen was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team, the NBA announced Monday afternoon.

Remember when Tony Allen would dive on the floor for a loose ball and get up screaming "FIRST TEAM ALL DEFENSE!!!"

Well, on Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that Allen had been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 2016-17 season, the NBA announced today. I doubt he'll be shouting "SECOND TEAM," but it's an honor nonetheless, the sixth time since coming to Memphis that Allen has been selected for the NBA All-Defensive team.

From Grizzlies PR:

This marks the sixth career All-Defensive selection for Allen, who previously received First Team honors in 2014-15, 2012-13 and 2011-12 and Second Team honors in 2015-16 and 2010-11.

Allen (6-4, 213) appeared in 71 games (66 starts) for Memphis this season, averaging 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and a team-leading 1.62 steals in 27.0 minutes per game. The 35-year-old led the league in steal percentage (3.1), his second time to lead the league in the category (4.1 in 2014-15).

As in past seasons, Allen ranked among the elite perimeter defenders in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus (DRPM) stat, finishing second among shooting guards: Andre Roberson (2.64), Allen (2.15), Jimmy Butler (1.80), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (1.78) and Danny Green (1.71).

The NBA All-Defensive First Team is comprised of unanimously-selected forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (198 points, 99 First Team votes), center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz (196 points, 97 First Team votes), forward Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs (192 points, 93 First Team votes) and guards Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (140 points, 61 First Team votes) and Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets (110 points, 38 First Team votes).

Joining Allen (80 points, 17 First Team and 46 Second Team votes) on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team is San Antonio’s Danny Green (68 points), New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (58 points), Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson (53 points) and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (35 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.

The question is: Will Grizzlies fans be watching Allen dive on the floor for the home team or for the opponents this fall? Allen, along with fellow veterans Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and JaMychal Green, are all free agents as of Saturday, July 1. Given the freedom to sign anywhere, will they return to Memphis? Will the Grizzlies front office seek to go in a different direction?

Buckle up for the wild wheelings and dealings of NBA free agency . . .