Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Age: 34 (01/11/1982)
  • Height, Weight: 6’4″ , 213 lbs.
  • Career Averages: 22.0 minutes, 8.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists
  • Career Slash Line: .477/.279/.716

Tony Allen is one of the greatest defenders in the history of the Association. His scoring numbers have never been gaudy, but he could end up in the Hall of Fame someday.

It feels like Allen should remain with the Grizzlies forever. He’s become a symbol of that franchise. But recently he’s been linked to teams like the Lakers in trade rumors.

Any team in need of a perimeter defender would be lucky to have Allen. He turns 35-years-old in January but is still one of the best in the business at what he does.

If you’ve never seen Allen at work. This video gives a good indication as to the greatness you’ve been missing.

In 13 seasons, Allen has never posted a negative defensive box plus-minus rating and netted an individual defensive rating of more than 105 just twice.

The incredible consistency behind that feat shows how good the former All-Defensive First Team player still is.

He’s 10th all-time in Nba history in career steal percentage after finishing in the top-10 five different times. While on pace to do it for the sixth time in 2016-17, Allen’s still got it.

The savvy veteran gets under the opponent’s skin with his physical defense and trash-talking.

Allen is more than just stats. He won a championship with the Celtics in 2008 and could be a valuable voice in the locker room.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.