Over 17 years with the San Antonio Spurs, where did Tony Parker place in the franchise’s all-time points per game list?
In the series of Tony Parker look-backs, we already broke down his placement on the San Antonio Spurs’ all-time total points and total assists lists. It’s after his 17-year career in the Alamo City, which will feature the 18th season with the Charlotte Hornets in 2018-19.
For Parker’s points total, while he racked up among the most in franchise history, his points per game also sits high. Though, not in a top 10 spot.
Parker finished with 15.8 points per game as a Spur; still a quality number but behind other franchise icons in their history. These are for players that appeared in a minimum of 40 games, via Land of Basketball (all numbers are rounded up):
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- George Gervin: 27.3
- Larry Kenon: 21.2
- David Robinson: 21.1
- Mike Mitchell: 20.1
- LaMarcus Aldridge: 19.5
- Tim Duncan: 19.0
- Dominique Wilkins: 18.2
- Walter Berry: 17.5
- Kawhi Leonard: 16.4
- Alvin Robertson: 16.2
- Artis Gilmore: 16.1
- Dale Ellis: 16.0
- Tony Parker: 15.8
It’s quite a list of Spurs. However, for longevity and prominence in San Antonio, Parker still sits among the best, with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili who was not on this short list, and David Robinson.
Why is Parker’s average 15.8? His past four seasons were all below this number: 14.4, 11.9, 10.1 and 7.7. It led to a drop-off where he might have joined the top 10, with Duncan, Ginobili, Robinson and LaMarcus Aldridge.
For a career number, Parker will likely not cross 15.8 points per game as a backup to Kemba Walker in Charlotte, barring unforeseen circumstances. His San Antonio number will stay intact, though, and even if it’s below fellow future Pro Basketball Hall of Famers, it’s nothing to scoff at. This is still the best point guard in the Silver and Black’s long history and someone the fans will remember in the years to come.