Parker Deserves More Credit

If you look at the numbers Tony Parker could arguably be the best point guard in the league—if not a close second.

Tony Parker may not be considered the best point guard in the league but it is time for him to get his credit for being at least second or third in the category. Parker is quietly once again having a great season. He is keeping the Spurs in the hunt for the top spot in the West, while showing great balance between passing and scoring.

Even at 30 years old he still remains to be one of the quickest point guards in the entire league, and consistently knifes his way into lanes to score at the bucket. It is not many teams that can contain the crafty point guard. Despite this you rarely hear the name “Parker” when people discuss elite point guards.

Parker vs. Deron William (16.6 ppg 8 apg)
  • Parker has been considered a lesser player than Williams in the past but this season he is outplaying him in several categories. Parker is averaging over two more points per game at 19.2 and is only slightly behind on assist at 7.3 per game. He is also doing this while averaging about five minutes less than Williams (36.9 vs 32.7).
  • Parker is shooting better from the 3pt (41%) and free-throw lines (82%). Williams is shooting only 39% from the field in general while Parker is shooting a blazing 51 %.

Parker vs. Rajon Rondo (13.6 ppg 11.2 apg)
  • Rondo is a true point guard and is hands down the best passer in the league. Parker simply can’t compete with him in that category, but when it comes to scoring it becomes a bit more competitive. Rondo is an amazing talent but for him to only average around 13 points per game seems a bit lacking.
  • His shooting touch continues to be his Achilles heel. He still manages to shoot a high percentage but he his shooting an abysmal 64% from the free-throw line.
  • Rondo is still more complete than Parker defensively with better numbers in steals and rebounds, but Parker arguably holds the advantage on the offensive end.

Parker vs. Chris Paul (16.2 ppg 9.4 apg)
  • Chris Paul continues to be widely considered the best point guard in the league; he changes the game on both ends of the floor on a nightly basis. He has transformed the Clipper organization but if you look at his numbers there are very similar to Tony Parker’s stats.
  • Parker is only a couple assists behind Paul and his scoring is up by almost three points. Paul is also behind Parker in shooting percentage, shooting a solid 47% from the field and a lackluster 34% from the three point line.
  • Defensively is where Paul leaves Parker behind averaging close to three steals a game while Parker is below having even one per game.

Tony Parker is often overlooked when experts and fans mention the elite point guards but it is clear that he deserves to be in the conversation at all times. He may not be number one on the list but his stat lines compete with the best—night in and night out.
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