Tony Parker left a significant mark in the assists department for the San Antonio Spurs.
Tony Parker‘s San Antonio Spurs career ended this offseason, but that allows the remembrance of his 17 years with the organization, including multiple All-Star game appearances and five championships. Not bad for a player considered one of the best in franchise history.
Among Parker’s accomplishments, he starred as the team’s point guard for most of these 17 years, with a drop down to back-up in the final campaign. As the orchestrator of the offense, he piled up assists and it grew his assists per game number by the season.
How did Parker match up against the other Spurs in assists per game, though? Let’s look at the top 10 in franchise history:
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- Rod Strickland: 8.2
- Johnny Moore: 7.4
- Avery Johnson: 6.9
- Tony Parker: 5.7
- Johnny Dawkins: 5.6
- Alvin Robertson: 5.4
- Mike Gale: 4.5
- Willie Anderson: 4.2
- James Silas: 3.9
- Jon Sundvold: 3.8
Parker falls at No. 4, just inside the top five. Though, the players above him were never as accomplished of a scorer as the Frenchman, putting this in some perspective, especially as players like Johnny Moore and Avery Johnson were pass-first guards.
After Parker, there are no active Spurs in this group. Without him on the roster, and a new point guard around, Dejounte Murray, will he challenge a spot in the top five? That might not come to fruition for another few years, five years or even a decade down the line, pending Murray remains in San Antonio until then.
5.7 assists per game stands among the best in franchise history. It’s not fully representative of what Parker did, as his legacy will stick and potentially carry into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 7-10 years.