After leading his team to a 2-0 series lead over the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is averaging 23 points, 8.5 assists, shooting 55% in the series and is absolutely shredding Utah's defense.
Before his team was blown out by 31-points, Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin had some high praise for Parker, while also comparing him to “the Answer," Allen Iverson.
“He’s a good player,” said Corbin of Parker, “and as he goes, his team goes.”
And isn’t that the case this season? Parker is having his best year of his career, and the Spurs just had arguably, one of their best regular seasons in franchise history.
“He’s had a tremendous year for these guys and he’s had some great games against us through the course of the year,” continued Corbin on Parker, “he had a good game the first game.” Parker’s year has put him in the top-five NBA MVP candidacy.
When asked if he could compare Parker’s dominance as a scoring guard, Corbin compared Parker to the “Answer.”
“Well you look at a guy like Allen Iverson,” said Corbin, “not only does he get in the lane and make lay-ups, he makes difficult lay-ups. I’d hate to compare one guy to another but he reminds me a little bit of a guy like him who will break your defense down, and once he gets in, he’s capable of making difficult lay-up shots against big guys.”
The reason Corbin didn’t want to compare Parker to another player, he knows Parker’s too unique.
“But Tony’s a different animal, he’ll push (the pace) every time, and each time he’ll try to find a way to get two guys on the ball and his speed and his quickness will allow him to get passed the guy that’s defending him.”
When told Parker likes to actually “practice” unlike Iverson once said, Corbin made an assumption
“Tony likes practice? I bet the does,” finished Corbin.
Parker didn’t have a good series against the Memphis Grizzlies in last year’s first round playoff series loss. Parker also didn’t have a great game last month when the Spurs played the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in the regular season, and the Spurs were embarrassed at home. He responded with two dominant back-to-back games against the Lakers and the Spurs ended up routing them in both matches.
As long as the Spurs stay healthy through these playoffs, they have the personnel to claim the glory as the last team standing. Parker, their leader, will have to be the one to guide them through this journey.
Because as Corbin said, the Spurs go as Parker goes.
This Utah folks seem to forget that there is still one player in the Spurs line up that can stand in and take TP's place as a leader. And he has yet to flex his muscle. Manu Ginobili. If Utah's gonna focus on stopping TP for the next two games then Pop will have to show his Manu trump card and put a shame to everybody that Spurs is just a Tony Parker show.
I have been saying for 3 years that Tony is our best offensive player, people laughed at me saying we should trade him cause George Hill was our future. Finally the Offense is being run primarily by Tony and you see the results. I love Manu, heck my name is Manu; but I really don't think it's a good idea to have Manu run the offense, believe it or not I rather have Neal or Mills do it. He tries too many crazy passes (some make unforgettable highlights) but we can't afford to turn the ball over against OKC or the Heat. Tony should be the primary ball handler when he's on the floor, he is just too good not have him take more shots and make decisions.