At the midway point of the 82-game schedule, the San Antonio Spurs sit on an impressive record of 32-9. It is not a secret that the success to this point of the season is due to Tony Parker and his high level of play this year.
If a fan poll was taken to predict the top team in the west before the 2013-14 season started, most answers might fall under the Kevin Durant powered Oklahoma City Thunder. Even the Houston Rockets and their newfound low post presence, Dwight Howard, would have been considered for more success than the “old” Spurs. But as we have seen time and time again, Gregg Popovich has used all his pieces to create a powerful puzzle.
The biggest piece of the puzzle is averaging 17.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game through 37 games. Parker has been looked at to carry the offensive load this year as the aged Tim Duncan becomes more of a second option. 14 times this season Parker has scored 20 points or more while being one assist short of a double-double five times.
Popovich has managed to masterfully guide his lineup to produce to their best ability so far, but with some injuries and superstars that are past their prime, it will be Tony who will have to carry the Spurs throughout the second half of the season. Manu Ginobili and Duncan will play major supporting roles, but this is the year Parker must solidify his legacy as one of the greatest point guards of all time.