If he sometimes deplores a big lack of recognition across the Atlantic, Tony Parker remains considered an NBA legend around the world. The latest stat in which he outclasses other league icons fully justifies this status!
Admittedly, his individual statistics do not allow him to be considered among the historical gratin of players. Nevertheless, the collective track record that Tony Parker has managed to accumulate over the course of his career, as well as the many individual distinctions he has won, make him one of the very best all-time leaders. Some figures point in this direction.
Tony Parker and Spurs’ winning culture
Snubbed from the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team a few months ago, TP had delivered a reaction filled with class following this decision. However, the former captain of the Blues had reason to feel aggrieved, especially in view of his success with the Spurs. A statistic recently reported by expert Kirk Goldsberry sees him included in a 3-man cast… which does not include many former glories of the league!
141 NBA Players have played at least 1,000 games.
Only 3 of them have won more than 70% of the time:
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili. pic.twitter.com/SWhw8rYOuu
— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) August 11, 2022
141 NBA players have played at least 1,000 games in their career.
Only 3 of them have won more than 70%: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
A nice witness to the hegemony of San Antonio during the years 2000-10, made largely possible by this essential Big Three.
Thus, Duncan, Ginobili and Parker largely dominate the other icons that are Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. None of these prestigious names indeed exceeds the threshold of 70% of career victories with 1,000 games or more on the clock, although they all come close. And that, no one can take away from our national TP.
Of course, the Celtics of the Bill Russell era also had an extremely positive record, and would no doubt be in this elite caste if they had shown greater longevity. Nevertheless, the adversity proved at the time to be far less significant than what Spurs had to face against Spurs. So many arguments that make the shock trio a clan apart in history!
Too often set back or even forgotten, Spurs’ dominance over the rest of the league is simply unmatched. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili can therefore feel privileged compared to the other legends of the league!