With Tony Parker’s departure from the San Antonio Spurs, how did he stand up in career points over the past 17 years?
Tony Parker ended his 17-year tenure with the San Antonio Spurs in early July, when he signed a two-year, $10 million contract to join the Charlotte Hornets. It marked the end of an era, one that resulted in four championships and a 2007 NBA Finals MVP honor.
Parker left behind memories and moments with his departure to Charlotte, as well as statistics, which he amassed plenty of since 2001. That included marks nearly at the top of San Antonio’s franchise records.
From 2002-17, Parker averaged double-digit point totals, including 22 per game in the 2008-09 campaign. His next highest was 20.3 in 2012-13, the first of back-to-back years that the Spurs made the NBA Finals.
For the Frenchman’s career though, putting each of his seasons of total points next to each other, he finished at 18,943; fourth on the franchise’s all-time list. The others are three fellow legends:
Parker should have No. 4 held down for years to come, as Manu Ginobili‘s 14,043 points are the next closest, and it’s no guarantee he plays beyond the 2018-19 season. After that, no current Spur sits in the top 10; Kawhi Leonard‘s 6,654 points do, but he’s of course with the Toronto Raptors.
The total points mark is just one of many franchise milestones for Parker, who flourished across the board in San Antonio, including in assists and with six All-Star game appearances.
It will take another Spurs-lifer to cross Parker’s spot in the points, unless Ginobili plays until he’s between 45 and 50. This could have been Leonard, but it will either take a young member of the roster or someone who has yet to join the Silver and Black. That goes for Duncan, Gervin and Robinson in the top three spots, too.