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What do Chris Paul, LeBron James, Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard and Tony Allen have in common? It’s more than just being tall men who play basketball in case you didn’t know.

Tony Allen joined that illustrious list as the 1st Team All-NBA Defensive team for the 2011-12 season.

Tony is the only Grizzlies player to be named 1st Team in any regard since the franchise began. This is Tony’s second mention on the All-NBA Defensive team. Zach Randolph is the only player in franchise history to be named to an end of season All-NBA team after being named All-NBA 3rd team last year.

It’s an interesting list when you consider that the player named Defensive Player of the Year, Tyson Chandler, didn’t make the first team. The Defensive Player of the Year was voted on by members of the media. The All-NBA teams were voted on by the 30 NBA Coaches. Coaches were told to vote for first and second team members regardless of position. Coaches were not allowed to select players from their own teams.

Chandler was joined on the second team by Kevin Garnett, Luol Deng, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant.

Mike Conley and Marc Gasol received votes but failed to make either the 1st or 2nd team. Other players receiving votes were Andre Iguodala, Joakim Noah, Iman Shumpert, Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Josh Smith, Dwayne Wade, Thabo Sefolosha, Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Avery Bradley, Metta World Peace, Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson, Derrick Rose, Jrue Holiday, Carlos Boozer and Luc Mbah a Moute.

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8 Responses to Tony Allen -1st Team All Defensive NBA

  1. Chris FaulknerNo Gravatar says:

    Nice work Tony! Doing this city proud

  2. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    it’s funny how Mike was second in the league in steals this season and did not make either team…. oh well. Way to go TA!! keep it coming!

  3. RodNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations Tony Allen.Great story Chip.

  4. GrizzliesDieHardNo Gravatar says:

    Conley was second in steals but he can’t guard most NBA point guards, he’s a passing lane guy.

  5. Andy WatersNo Gravatar says:

    Grizzliesdiehard beat me to it

  6. L is a letterNo Gravatar says:

    Perhaps this will convince Lionel Hollins to play one of the best defensive players in the league when it comes to crunch time.

    Lionel didn’t turn us into winners. TONY did. Maybe that’s why Lionel kept sitting him in the 4th quarter against the Clippers. Jealousy?

    As far as the All-NBA teams go, Marc Gasol should’ve been named to the All-NBA Third Team. Tyson Chandler received the fewest points in the vote, so I’m betting Marc Gasol was a big contender. The only reason Chandler won out was because the stupid Knicks are on national TV more often than the Griz. This will never change. The Grizzlies are getting more national TV coverage at least, leading to Marc Gasol’s well-deserved (and Rudy Gay’s well-UNdeserved) All-Star bid.

    History will say the Pau Gasol trade was one of the worst in history and say we did it to get Kwame Brown. Stephen A Smith sure as hell thought that. (What a loud-mouth fake sports journalist) Ignorance is strength, apparently.

    Hopefully by next season we can trade Rudy for people that buy into our system and make Zach Randolph our leader. It’s all about the team, but Rudy thinks it’s all about him and getting his. Lionel Hollins and Rudy Gay did everything within their power in the 4th quarter to ruin a potential NBA Finals championship. The East is now a mess, we sure as hell could handle San Antonio again, and we could’ve taken OKC in 7 games. The stars were aligning, and Lionel Hollins started throwing 4th quarter lineups out there that had never played together before. He even played Gasol and Haddadi at the same time! WTF!!!

    Three quarters through game 1 and analyzing games 2-4, it should’ve been a 4-0 sweep for the Grizzlies, if not 4-1. I don’t know why Lionel did what he did, but his 4th quarter lineups and constant benching of Tony Allen for sometimes the entire final frame drove me up the wall. He lied in post-game press conferences, saying that he used the same rotations he always did, and that we only criticize him when he loses. What has happened to him? Why did we lose a series to an inferior team? Why did we deviate from our gameplan of feeding it to our men in the post and letting them bang it out?

    Hopefully this will be rectified next year. I guess we should’ve listened to the “Trade Rudy” chants last off-season, but I think Rudy’s value went up because he played a full season with high numbers (because he went out to “get his”) All those times I saw Rudy Gay take the final shot in Clippers playoff losses, I kept thinking to myself.. “At this point, I’d rather even OJ Mayo taking this damn shot.” If they were down one or two, Marc Gasol at the top of the key.

    Sorry, I’ll stop rambling soon. I want to stop thinking about what could’ve been. I still have absolutely no doubt in my mind that 90% of the blame belongs to Lionel Hollins, especially for his 4th quarter rotations and gameplan. Normally I’d waste all day dissecting that, but I really just want to say, “Lookin forward to next season! Go get a great 3 that’ll be a DAMN TEAM PLAYER”. God, I haven’t done any research on a trade, just give me something reasonable. Here’s a trade that won’t happen: Rudy and Pargo for Danny Granger, Paul George, and Darren Collison. Obviously not the best trade (and Indiana would say Hell no because by Hollinger’s Analysis that would result in +5 wins for the Griz and -8 for the Pacers)

    Even if we traded Rudy for Granger straight up, it would be projected that we would get 2 more wins than keeping Rudy. Rudy is a liability right now and threatens to destroy the Grit-Grind mentality, and Lionel Hollins is helping him by benching the man that made this ENTIRE TEAM believe. Well… this ENTIRE TEAM EXCEPT FOR RUDY GAY. I’d trade Rudy for a lot of players. Luol Deng, if he’s up to the challenge. Or how about someone that can score, but also have the ability to PASS THE DAMN BALL.

    Good luck to the Griz in 2012-13. You’re a top 3 team in the West, and you’ll be even higher if you trade Rudy or straighten his ass out. Jordan didn’t get fully straightened out until one moment when Phil Jackson really laid into him I think during a playoff game in 1991, maybe the Finals (I think he told this story somewhere), so maybe somebody just needs to give Rudy a rude awakening. Rudy could be an All-NBA Defensive 1st Team player if he used his athleticism and wingspan. Rudy isn’t using even 60% of his full potential. There’s at least two people at fault for that, and one of them has been pissing me off since Playoff Game 1.

    If Rudy Gay is in a Grizzlies uniform next year, he damn well better be a team player and use his damn wingspan and athleticism to defend. Zach Randolph must be our leading shot taker, followed by Marc Gasol, and finally 3rd by Rudy Gay. If some changes don’t happen in the Grindhouse, our coach has lost his damn mind at the worst possible moment.

    • lugeneparkerNo Gravatar says:

      Some of what you said is true. But what you said about the line up changes that coach employed were not mind blowing. Yes He did keep tony out of the game. But he did it during the regular season as well. Everything he did in the regular season he did in the playoffs. Even the Marc and Haddadi lineup. Now granted, their were games that Tony was overly aggressive at times and it was costing us down the stretch. So the coach believed in leaving Pondexter in at times because he was doing well. Sometimes it worked in the reg season, sometimes it didnt. I understand the knock on Rudy. It frustrates me sometimes why he is not playing to his potential. But you cant take away the fact he helped carry this team this year during the regular season. He almost single handedly won Game 3 for us at the end with those two 3′s and the third he missed for the win within 6 seconds. While I’m at it, he was the only thing offensively keeping us in Game 7 right until they took him out for rest in the 4th quarter. When Zack and Conley came out right after, that was when the clippers to advantage and went on a run at the end. If you go bback and look at what we do historically in noon games during the reg season, you will see that we executed poorly coming off only a days rest. I’m willing to bet you if Game 7 was at night that it would be a different outcome. Considering all the lineup shuffles during the reg season with mixed results along with the fact that the game was in the afternoon considering our history should have dawned on Lionel that leaving your starters out in the fourth quarter for an extended time would have been a disastrous. Also worth of note. You must have been the only one not watching San Antonio play. I guarantee you that we would have only won one to two games. We wouldn’t have stood a chance at beating them with our chemistry not at its peak.

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