Fantasy Basketball Outlook: Tony Parker

By George Middleton

The NBA season begins on October 27th. The San Antonio Spurs first game is on October 28th against the Oklahoma City Thunder. You know what this means, fantasy basketball is just around the corner as well. Many people are already prepping for their drafts.

The Spurs have a few point guards worth considering for your fantasy teams. Tony Parker of course is the best option.

Parker had a shaky season last year. The 33-year old point guard averaged 14.4 points and 4.9 assists.

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

One thing to keep in mind is that he made a career high 43% threes. The problem is that he only made 38 of them in 68 contest. Three-pointers are important, particularly for guards in fantasy basketball. On a positive note, Parker shot 49% from the field and a solid 78% from the free-throw line. Parker was second among qualified point guards in field goal percentage.

Parker is a below average rebounder compared to other point guards. Last year he averaged 1.9 rebounds. Just to give you an idea of how the elite point guards fared in the category. Russell Westbrook (7.3 rpg), Chris Paul (4.6 rpg), and Stephen Curry (4.3 rpg). Most starting point guards averaged at least double the rebounds that Parker averaged.

Parker’s defensive statistics are abysmal. Parker had two total blocks all season and he averaged 0.6 steals.

What to Expect From Parker in 2015-16?

Parker should have a bounce back season. He will still struggle to produce in rebounding, threes, steals, and blocks.

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The numbers will still look better, despite playing less than the average starting point guard.

Parker should be in the middle of the league in terms of point guards. Take him in the range of Jrue Holiday and Kemba Walker.

Predicted Statistics: 14.2 points, 5.3 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 49% field goals, 79% free-throws, and 50 three-point makes.

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