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Tony Parker is good, maybe even great. But can we please not overhype him, people?! I’m so sick of the ESPN, NBATV, TNT voices praising him as if he’s Magic. C’mon. All of a sudden he’s first-team All-NBA material or something.
He’s playing really well right now, and the improvement of his jumpshot makes him even more difficult to guard.
But he may not even be top five when it comes to NBA’s best PGs. Why?
He couldn’t stop his wife-to-be from getting the basket. He’s the worst passer of the elite PGs.
The biggest reason, though, is that he has the luxury no one else has — he’s playing with the best PF ever. He doesn’t have to carry the team on his shoulders. He doesn’t have to deal with being the focal point of the Spurs offense. He’s never had to carry the Spurs. Cleveland can’t even afford to double team him.
Parker is the third best player on his team. He’s perhaps the best No. 3 player in the league, but he’s still the third best player on the Spurs.
Here’s my top five:

1. Steve Nash – offensive wizard, makes others better
2. Baron Davis – A little biased, but I’m still awed by his play down the stretch and in the playoffs
3. Chauncey Billups – plays both ends of the court, extremely clutch
4. Jason Kidd – You won’t find a better floor general
5. Deron Williams – One of the best scoring guards in the league
6. Chris Paul - Only Nash is better at making others better. Probably should be higher.
7. Tony Parker – Could go higher than Paul and Williams. I admit. But he is playing with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. Parker is getting better and better though
8. Gilbert Arenas – Most explosive PG in the league. Doesn’t make his teammates better yet
9. Allen Iverson – Not really a PG, but better than the remaining true PGs
10. Kirk Hinrich – Could’ve put several players here (Andre Miller, T.J. Ford), but I love Hinrich’s toughness on both ends

Speaking of Parker, Mike Brown needs to make an adjustment. He I was listening to Fitz and Brooks, and I agreed with Greg Anthony 100 percent. Brown has to start Eric Snow. He’s the Cavs best chance at defending Parker. You can’t really say its a drop-off on offense because Larry Hughes is giving them nothing on offense. Let Snow try to snow Parker down and bring Gibson off the bench. You saw what Snow’s defense did against Detroit. He was integral in containing Chauncey Billups down the stretch of Game 5.

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Marcus Thompson

  • commish

    I don’t know, Marcus. Parker is only 25, will have three rings in a few days, probably will end up with 4 to 5 rings, is consistently voted on to the all star team, averages over 20 points a game in his career, speaks french, and well, bangs you know who. That is quite a pedigree. No question he plays with great to good players and has a hell of a coach, but you got to like his upside. The question is, if you were going to build a team from stratch, would you change your top five if you factor in age, propensity to get injured, and so on?

  • Marcus Thompson

    You put any of those other nine PGs in Parker shoes, I contend they would have three rings, too. You put Parker in the other guys shoes, you have to wonder if he would be as good.
    I do love his upside. He is a really good PG. And a pretty all-around fella, too. He’s great to talk to and deal with. My only point is that he’s being thrust up there with Magic and the like. It’s premature.

  • EJ

    I agree. Parker benefits from being part of a great ‘team’ where everyone knows their role. There aren’t many of those these days. They’ve got a Hall of Fame coach and probably the best PF in NBA history. I can’t even imagine how dominant the Spurs would be with Nash, Billups, or Kidd. Pop is running the perfect system for the group of guys he’s got. It can make good players look great.

  • commish

    Marcus, my only point, besides trying to be funny about Tony banging something other than the boards, was what would your top point guards look like if you were picking a team from scratch. Where would Parker rate compared to Baron, Nash, Kidd, and so on? I would rate them lower because of their age and injuries. Although that is a different question, it is a fair one nonetheless and doesn’t disagree with the point of your original posting.

  • Marcus Thompson

    Picking a PG for the future right now, sure Parker is higher. He would go over Nash, Baron, Kidd. But picking a PG to win in the next, say, three years, I stil am taking the older guys.