On first glance at his season numbers, you wouldn’t assume San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is having a tough season. Through 47 games, the 2013 FIBA Europe Men's Player of the Year is averaging nearly 18 points on 50% shooting, and in 30.9 minutes per game, no less. Should his per game average hold, Parker’s minutes would tie the second lowest tally since his rookie season.
The eye and the numbers will typically tell different stories. When digging through the stat sheet, we’re often misled by the box score on a player’s performance. Advanced metrics have been a godsend in filling in the blanks, but data can never completely convey what the eye sees. In print, Tony Parker is having another solid season, but it’s obvious that Tony is struggling to live up to his 2012-13 performance. Between his visits to the injury list, Tony has at times looked slower, less explosive, and aberrantly timid.no comments