Former Oklahoma State basketball player Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies was named to the NBA first-team all-defense team.
Allen got 207 points and 88 first-team votes from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, with both of those totals leading all guards in the NBA.
This is the third time Allen has earned a first-team spot on the NBA all-defense team and marks the fifth time in his six years with the Grizzlies that he has finished in the top seven in voting for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Allen previously earned first-team all-defense honors in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and was a second-teamer in 2010-11.
According to the NBA, Memphis’ defensive rating was 8.7 points better with Allen on the floor (94.9 per 100 possessions) than with him off the floor (103.6 per 100 possessions) and according to SportVU data, he held opposing shooters to a field goal percentage 7.5 percent lower than their usual shooting percentage during the regular season.
During his time in Stillwater (2002-04), Allen was honored as the 2003 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and 2004 Big 12 Player of the Year. He earned a spot on the Big 12 all-defense team in 2004 before being selected in the first round (27th overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft.
Joining Allen on the 2014-15 NBA all-defensive first team are NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs (242 points/116 first-team votes), Draymond Green from the Golden State Warriors (229 points/107 first-team votes), DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers (187 points/84 first-team votes) and Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers (170 points/67 first-team votes.)
Though he did not earn enough for a spot on the first or second-team all-defense squad, former Cowboy Marcus Smart also earned votes.
Smart, a former two-time Oklahoma State All-American, was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Smart just missed making the first team, as the voting panel of 130 broadcasters and sportswriters gave the former Cowboy 28 first-team votes — sixth most among all rookies and the most among second-team selections.
Smart was the sixth overall pick of the Boston Celtics in the first round last summer. He averaged 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a rookie. He averaged 9.8 points for the Celtics in the playoffs.
The first Oklahoma State player to earn All-America honors as a freshman, Smart piled up 1,064 points in two seasons. He is now the fourth OSU player to earn NBA All-Rookie honors.
NBA All-Rookie Honors from OSU
Marcus Smart — 2015 (Second Team)
Desmond Mason — 2001 (Second Team)
Bryant Reeves — 1996 (Second Team)
Richard Dumas — 1993 (Second Team)