By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007 at 2:21 pm in Uncategorized.
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.