You already know your Memphis Grizzlies are ferocious on defense. Now it’s official.
The Grindfather Tony Allen, Big Spain Marc Gasol and Mike Conley all were named to the NBA All Defensive Team. T.A. was selected for the first team (third time since joining the Grizzlies) and Marc & Mike were second team. It eludes me how the Defensive Player of the Year gets named to the second team, but hey. I suppose the other way to look at it is that had there not been a tie between Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah, THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WOULD NOT BE ON THE ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM.
Anyway . . . From the Grizzlies Press office:
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen was named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First Team, while Grizzlies guard Mike Conley and Grizzlies center Marc Gasol were selected to the All-Defensive Second Team, the NBA announced today. Allen headlines the First Team with 53 points from the voting panel, leading all NBA players, including 25 First Team votes. Conley received 19 points (four First Team votes) and Gasol totaled 12 points (five First Team votes).
This marks the third career selection to the NBA All-Defensive Team for Allen, who has been honored in all three seasons since joining the Grizzlies, and the first career appearances for both Gasol and Conley.
Memphis is the first team to have three players selected to the NBA All-Defensive Teams since the 2005-06 Detroit Pistons were represented by Ben Wallace (First Team), Chauncey Billups (Second Team) and current Grizzlies forward Tayshaun Prince (Second Team).
Tony Allen (6-4, 219) recorded 1.51 steals while setting career highs in rebounds (4.6), minutes (26.7) in a career-best 79 games (all starts) in his second consecutive First Team campaign. The nine-year veteran, who was named the best perimeter defender in the league during the preseason in the Annual NBA.com GM Survey, has upped his averages to 2.22 steals (3rd in the NBA) and 6.1 rebounds in 28.6 minutes during the NBA Playoffs.
Mike Conley (6-1, 178) led the NBA with a career-high and single-season franchise-record 174 steals and ranked third in the league in steals per game (2.18). The six-year veteran recorded a steal in a team-record 64 consecutive games from Nov. 16-March 30, the longest streak by any player this season and the third-longest streak in the last 26 seasons behind only Chris Paul (108) and Michael Jordan (77).
Marc Gasol (7-1, 264) was named the 2012-13 NBA Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 7.8 rebounds, 1.74 blocks (12th in the NBA) and 1.00 steals during the regular season. The five-year veteran, who paced the Grizzlies in blocks for the fifth consecutive season, was one of six players to average at least 1.50 blocks and 1.00 steals per game.
With Allen and Conley manning the perimeter and Gasol anchoring the middle, Memphis allowed a league-low 89.3 points per game to opponents, becoming the first NBA team since the 2005-06 San Antonio Spurs and 2005-06 Grizzlies to hold opponents to fewer than 90 points per game. The Grizzlies, who won a franchise-record 56 games this season, held a league-high 71 opponents below 100 points this season, setting a single-season franchise record.
Joining Allen on the NBA All-Defensive First Team are Miami’s LeBron James (52 points), Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka (47 points), the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul (37 points), New York’s Tyson Chandler (24 points) and Chicago’s Joakim Noah (24 points).
Joining Conley and Gasol on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team are Indiana’s Paul George (27 points), Boston’s Avery Bradley (25 points) and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (20 points).
The voting panel consisted of the NBA’s 30 head coaches, who were asked to select NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote, and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
The 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams are below. The complete balloting is attached.
2012-13 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
Position Player Team 1st 2nd Points
Guard Tony Allen Memphis 25 3 53
Guard Chris Paul LA Clippers 15 7 37
Forward LeBron James Miami 25 2 52
Forward Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City 17 12 46
Center Tyson Chandler New York 9 6 24 (tie)
Center Joakim Noah Chicago 8 8 24 (tie)
2012-13 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Position Player Team 1st 2nd Points
Guard Avery Bradley Boston 10 5 25
Guard Mike Conley Memphis 4 11 19
Forward Paul George Indiana 7 13 27
Forward Tim Duncan San Antonio 3 14 20
Center Marc Gasol Memphis 5 2 12