Tony Parker is a French professional basketball point guard for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs. He is recognized for his achievements with both the Spurs as well as the French national team.
Tony Parker’s early career showcased him in France’s basketball leagues, ultimately turning professional and signing with the Paris Basket Racing in 1999. Despite many recruiting offers for his elite football skills, including offers from UCLA and Georgia Tech, he decided to stay in France instead of playing in the NCAA. Prior to the 2001 NBA draft, Tony Parker played at the San Antonio Spurs’ summer camp, but was overwhelmed by Lance Blank, the Spurs scout and former NBA athlete. After seeing highlights of Parker’s best plays, Spurs coach Popovich decided to invite Parker back for a second time, one that allowed Parker to be drafted by the Spurs as the 28th overall pick. After a short period of time playing as backup to Antonio Daniels, Parker made 77 regular-season appearances as a starter for the team during his rookie season. His rookie season recorded an average 9.2 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game, as well as becoming the third French player to play in an NBA game. At the end of his rookie season, Parker was the team’s best in assists and steals, and was the first foreign-born point guard to earn the All-Rookie First Team honor. In 2007, he was selected to play in the 2007 NBA All-Star Game and was the first European-born player to receive the 2007 NBA Finals MVP honor. The Spurs made a 2008 NBA Playoff appearance, as they were ranked third in the Western Conference; furthermore, the following year they were ranked second in the Conference and Parker achieved a career-high 55 points per game and was named as a reserve for the 2009 All-Star Game. His 28.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game topped his previous career-best playoff averages and on May 13, 2009, he was named to the All-NBA Third-Team. Parker played a key role in helping the Spurs achieve their best record during the 2011-12 NBA season and he became the all-time assist leader of the team at 4,477. An NBA record, the Spurs enjoyed 13 straight 50-win seasons. On May 21, 2013, Parker achieved a career high 18 assists along with 15 points in a finals game against the Memphis Grizzlies. For the record for most wins in Playoff History as a trio, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan went on to win the 2014 NBA Finals, Parker’s fourth championship with the team. After signing a three-year contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, Parker helped the Spurs win a team record 67 games while averaging 11.9 points per game.
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