Tony Parker Will Bounce Back Next Season

By George Middleton

Apr 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) in game five of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Parker struggled last year, it could’ve been injuries or the fact that he was in his 14th season. Parker missed 14 games and he looked unhealthy for most of the year. He posted averages of 14.4 points and 4.9 assists. It was his worst statistical season since 2003-04.

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Just when it didn’t seem possible, Parker was worse in the playoffs. In the postseason Parker averaged 10.9 points and 3.6 assists. The numbers were easily the worst he has posted in the playoffs. The decline was hard to understand, as Parker averaged 17.4 points and 4.8 assists in the 2014 Playoffs. Parker shot an abysmal 36% from the field in last year’s playoffs.

In Parker’s fairness, he shot 49% from the field in the season and shot 43% from three-point range, a career high. He also averaged only 2.1 turnovers, the lowest mark since his rookie season.

I believe Parker will be fantastic next season, here is why. Parker should be much healthier going into next season. Parker won’t have to worry about carrying the load with Tim Duncan, as he had the previous five seasons. The Spurs have added two key contributors in all-star LaMarcus Aldridge and the reliable David West.

Parker won’t put up the 19-20 points he once did, but he should put up around 15 points and shoot efficiently. His assist numbers will jump a bit, as Aldridge and West are terrific midrange shooters.

Parker will be a third option at best, as Aldridge and rising star Kawhi Leonard will be their go-to players.

Most importantly, Parker will perform at a higher level in the 2016 postseason. Don’t expect him to perform as badly as he did in last season’s playoffs.

Parker will be ready to lead the Spurs to their sixth NBA title.

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