It is was just reported that he will miss 4-6 weeks with a Grade 2 ankle sprain. The news has come as particularly devastating for fantasy owners because Parker has been carrying fantasy squads all year long. He was one of the long shots for the NBA MVP this year, and even though Miami Heat’s LeBron James is running away with the award, Parker was still having an award winning season.
T-Pain was posting 21 points, 7.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per contest. His 21 points per game ranked him 10th in the NBA. Parker is also ranked sixth in the league with 7.6 assists. He even had an unheard of 53.3 field goal percentage, despite taking 15.5 shots per game. These are utterly dominating numbers from a fantasy standpoint.
Parker was outplaying every other point guard in the league before his injury. He was only turning the ball over 2.5 times a game, which is utterly insane considering how much the ball was in his hands this season.
Gary Neal will be the primary replacement for Parker in San Antonio, but he is certainly not a worthy fantasy addition. It is better to just stash Parker away in keeper leagues, but in non-keeper leagues, it may be better to simply cut him since there are only three weeks left in the regular season.
Parker has had an outstanding 2012-13 fantasy basketball season, but it unfortunately appears to be over.