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Key Underdogs For NBA Playoff Teams

Brandon Dill | Associated Press

2nd – Memphis Grizzlies, Tony Allen

Despite averaging a little less than 9 points and over 2 steals per game, Tony Allen is not about the stats. He is Memphis’ bulldog and his main task is to stop the opposing team’s best wing scorer. He best personifies what the Grizzlies are all about and that is smashmouth old school style of basketball. His elite level defense is extremely crucial to the Grizzlies’ campaign especially when it comes to the postseason where every possession is magnified. Come playoff time, Allen won’t be asked to score but he’ll have the extremely crucial task of keeping in the face of the James Hardens and Klay Thompsons of the Western Conference.

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