Tony Parker, an All-Star point guard and three-time NBA Champion, is one of the first players from France to join the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs selected Parker 28th overall in the 2001 NBA Draft, picking up a fantastic replacement for the departing Avery Johnson. Tony Parker has become one of the most effective point guards in the NBA, serving as an efficient scorer and playmaker who can get to the basket seemingly at will.
Tony Parker played professional basketball in France before entering the 2001 NBA Draft. Despite being a late first round draft pick, he stepped into San Antonio’s starting lineup almost immediately. Serving as the team’s primary point guard, Parker proved more than capable of handling the role and the Spurs went 59-23 in the regular season. He really emerged in the playoffs, averaging 15.5 points and four assists in ten postseason contests.
Before long, Tony Parker would be the starting point guard and a major contributor on a championship team. In his second season, Parker averaged 15.5 points and 5.3 assists while starting all 82 regular season games. He served as the second offensive option to Tim Duncan as the Spurs won the 2003 NBA Championship.
Tony Parker continued to develop as an offensive player, improving his efficiency as he gained more experience. In his rookie season, Parker shot 42 percent from the floor; in his second season, he was up to 46 percent. For the 2005-2006 season, he shot a ridiculous 55 percent, by far the highest field goal percentage by any guard. His career field goal percentage is .490 through nine NBA seasons.
Teamed up with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker became a part of an excellent trio of players who have led the Spurs to nothing but success. In 2005, Parker became an NBA Champion for the second time in just his fourth season. With the Spurs in the Finals again in 2007, Parker stepped his game up to its highest level. In a four-game sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tony Parker was named the Finals MVP with averages of 25 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the championship series.
Tony Parker is one of the NBA’s most successful point guards in recent history. In his nine year career, he has been a part of three NBA Championships and he has never played on a team that has missed the playoffs. His career accolades have included three All-Star appearances and the 2007 NBA Finals MVP Award.