New York Times’ Rob Mahoney reports
That combination of speed, strength and drive is uncanny. Allen’s unrelenting pursuit of Durant through every step and around every screen is uncommon enough, but he combines that with excellent defensive technique using the physical gifts that make it all possible. This is one of the top perimeter defenders in the game, and yet he grabs attention only rarely -– like on Monday night -– when he also contributes in the scoring column.
Allen’s offensive equivalent could be an All-Star selection or a sixth man of the year candidate, but defensive specialists so rarely have a legitimate chance at such accolades. Maybe the difficulties in quantifying defense (steals and blocks alone are hardly an accurate measure) are to blame, but it’s a shame that players like Allen do no receive the notoriety they deserve.
As a perimeter defender, Allen is a legitimate game-changing force. He has considerable holes in his game, but the things Allen does well he does very well, and the things he does very well go largely overlooked.