- Created on Monday, 23 September 2013 12:18
- Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 17:35
- Written by David Rountree
Tony Parker has already had a very successful NBA career, his NBA career numbers aren’t outstanding (17.1 points 6 assists) but there supplemented by his hefty accomplishments. His resume boasts three NBA championships, a Finals MVP, and several All-Star appearances. Now Parker has a Euro-basketball championship under his belt, the first in French national team’s history. Parker also won MVP of the tournament and was the undisputed star of the team, which tells naysayers that he doesn’t need Tim Duncan around to be successful.
Parker hasn’t received the credit he has deserved because of that very perception, despite stepping up the last two NBA seasons as the Spurs’ most valuable player. There is no doubt Parker owes a lot of his success to Tim Duncan’s greatness but the French point guard has held his own over the years. Would the Spurs have any of their last three championships without Parker’s penetration and scoring? Winning championships requires several stars and it is the formula that continues to make the Spurs a dangerous team.
This upcoming season will be very important for Parker; the Spurs will once again count on him to carry the team during the season. Parker has to maintain his high level of play and improve on his weaknesses. Duncan and Ginobili are going to be a year older, so Parker has to be the superstar of the team—every night. He has learned to guide the team with a healthy balance between his scoring prowess and passing ability. The latter will be important to the ongoing development of fellow wing players Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard.
If Parker can lead the Spurs back to the NBA Finals and seal the deal then he will garner the respect he has been missing out on. His Hall of Fame eligibility picture is a bit fuzzy to some right now but this would skyrocket his chances. Parker has said that he isn't concerned with winning the NBA’s popularity contest but he is indeed concerned with winning—winning it all that is.