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San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parkers Defense Going Unnoticed

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When you think of Tony Parker, the first thing that comes to mind is his scoring ability. This season, his defense has Gregg Popovich’s attention.

The San Antonio Spurs are off to a 14-4 start. Parker is one of the main reasons why. Parker on the offensive side this season has had its ups and downs, but what has gone noticed this season is his strong play on the defensive end.

Before the Spurs game against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 27th, Popovich praised Parkers play on both ends of the floor this season.

via Tom Osborn, MySA

“This is the best he’s played at both ends of the court at the same time,” Popovich said. “His defense has been spectacular.”

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Defense has been a key component for the Spurs. This season is no different. With the high-level of play from each player, the team is holding opponents to under 91 points a game–first in the NBA.

Though his scoring average has dwindled a bit, this season Parker is averaging 13.7 points per game. What is astonishing as well, Parker is hitting 56 percent of his shots.

Everyone sees Parker as an offensive force. This season he has proven that scoring is not at the top of his list. With Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge shouldering most of the scoring load, Parker has been more off a facilitator as well as concentrating in other areas to help the team win games.

“Everybody just thinks of him as an offensive player, but he’s really committed to both ends of the floor this season,” Popovich said. “That has helped us a lot to get off to a pretty good start.”

He is playing with a chip on his shoulder. He knows that playing alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are numbered. With this being his 15th year in the league, this could possibly be the best chance for this team to raise another banner in San Antonio.

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