The fact that Tony Allen never won a Defensive Player of the Year award tells you everything you need to know about scholarships in the NBA. Scandalous. But his resume still shows that Allen was a three-time All-Defense first team and three-time All-Defense second team. When a 6'4 guy locks down Kevin Durant and gets "in his head," you know the man can defend.
So while we can speculate about the best offensive players in the game, Tony Allen specialized in them. He would always get the toughest assignment on the court, and there isn't a player he hasn't locked down at least once. So, Kobe or LeBron, who's tougher to guard? (via Doug Gottlieb Show)
“I had a whiff of LeBron early, and I caught Mamba in his prime. Any difference, I would have to say I just like Kobe's relentlessness. I see him not getting discouraged.”
Take into account that Allen did add a disclaimer that he played against young LeBron. Allen said Kobe could turn a 0 - 7 into a 9 - 12, and he didn't see that quality with LeBron in his days. Kobe returned the compliment when he called Allen the toughest man he ever played against. But these are obvious players: Kobe, LeBron, KD. What about the most underrated player in the NBA. Someone we would never add on a list of players tough to guard? (via Doug Gottlieb Show)
”The most underrated player in the league? Malcolm Brogdon. You wouldn't think he would pop off — one of the most consistent, solid guys in the league.”
The numbers back Allen up. Everyone suspected Indiana was going to drop off a bit, waiting for Oladipo to return. But, Brogdon is averaging 20/4.5/7.5 and is 21st in PER in the NBA, keeping Indiana steadily in the playoff picture. If Giannis leaves Milwaukee, everyone will point to the day they decided to let Brogdon go.