When it comes to NBA point guards you always hear about how Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo are the top of the crop, but Tony Parker is steadily flying under the radar to the casual NBA fan. It’s about time he starts to get his props.
After MVP candidate Chris Paul, you can argue that Parker has been the second best point guard in the NBA this season. This season Parker is averaging 20.3 points and 7.6 assists per game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc. He’s also posting a career-high Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 23.7.
If Parker keeps up his highly efficient production this season he would join Larry Bird and Chris Paul as the only players in NBA history to average 20 points per game while shooting higher than 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from behind the arc all while averaging seven assists a game.
Another solid stat that represents how effective Parker has been this season is how he’s leading all guards in field goal percentage (53.2 percent). Steve Nash, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison fill out the rest of the top five (minimum 30 minutes played a game).
This is no surprise as Parker is a 3-time NBA champion and a former Finals MVP, but he’s having his best year as a pro in his 11th season in the NBA. With his play, he has his San Antonio Spurs with a record of 39-11, the best in the NBA. The Spurs have also won their last 10 games and during that stretch, Parker is averaging 23 and 8 while shooting 57% from the field. This is all while his star teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have missed games due to injury.
While many don’t hold what the Spurs do in the regular season to a high standard, what Tony Parker is doing should be taken note of. And when you mention your top 5 point guards make sure that Parker gets a mention. He deserves it.