5. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker
Inserting prime Tony Parker to this team would certainly help, but not necessarily in the areas where they need help most. Parker’s best skills pertained to his slashing ability, playmaking off the drive, pick-and-roll mastery and pull-up mid-range jumpers. He’d certainly be an upgrade over the current starter, Dejounte Murray, who Parker stepped down in favor of.
However, Tony’s skill set is a bit redundant with what we’ve already come to expect from this Spurs team. Though his team-defense is solid, Parker was never known for being a great perimeter defender, which is one of the team’s greatest areas of concern. The addition of Parker also fails to impact this roster’s rebounding issues, lack of volume 3-point shooting, physicality and general redundancy of skills.
On the flip side, Parker becomes the clear No. 1 on this squad. He’s an Alpha and while DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge have worked to improve in their leadership skills, the team crumbled this past season under their guidance. The San Antonio Spurs need someone fearless who can dictate the tone and tempo of the team without needing to pound the air out of the ball to get a decent shot.
Parker’s quickness, aggressive approach and fearlessness would push this team back into the postseason picture. However, there are much better fits for the team as constructed.