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.