Today we are going to make a case for The San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker to win the MVP award this season. If you watch any sports show the only people the analyst are talking about are LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Rightfully so these two players should get a lot of attention and defiantly should be in the running but the forgotten guy in this race is Parker.
Everybody respects Parker, the man was the MVP of the Finals ask LeBron, he’s been an All-Star and an integral part on his French national team, but I don’t think anybody has ever looked at Parker as a MVP type player. So if you were one of the people who didn’t give Parker his proper props, this year if you have watched him he had to change your mind. (Points to self)
During the lockout shortened season the Spurs tied the Bulls for the best record in the NBA at 50-16. The key reason for their great record is Parker. I know people will say he has Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili but if you do your research you will understand even more why Parker should be the MVP. Duncan is now 36 years of age, still a threat but he has seen his better days and Manu is 34 years of age himself and only played 33 games this year due to injury. Before the season started if you told anybody that Manu would only play half of the games in the Spurs would have the best record, everybody would call you crazy.
His stats this year 18.3 ppg, 7.7 apg (A career high), 48% from the floor, 1.0 spg and 80% at the line. Coach Pop turned the keys to the car over to Parker and he did a great job at driving the whip. Parker did a great job at making a lot of non household names very affective weapons this year. He has been shredding defenses like a gensu, picking and choosing his spots when to attack the rim, get others involved or display his much improved jump shot. Without Parker the Spurs wouldn’t have the best record in the NBA point-blank. So when you think about the other MVP candidates James and Durant mainly if they were hurt do you think their team would still be a threat? I believe so because they both have two other stars (Wade and Bosh, Westbrook and Harden) respectively. With that said the voters should have no choice but to give Parker the award but it probably won’t happen.