San Antonio Spurs History

How would the All-Time Spurs fare against their All-Time Rivals?

Oscar Barkis
Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
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Point Guard: Tony Parker, 2007-09

Like with my coaching selection, there isn’t really anyone else in the conversation here. After a rollercoaster start to his career with the Spurs (I’ve chronicled how young Parker being semi-disappointing nearly led to a union between Jason Kidd and the Spurs), TP settled into a perfect role and helped San Antonio to four championships. The six-time All-Star left his legacy on this great franchise, with the only black mark being that he spent the final year of his career in Charlotte.

There are a few periods that could be considered Parker's best years in the NBA, including a late-ish resurgence between 2012 and 2014 in which he made three straight All-Star teams and a Finals. I chose ‘07-09 because that includes the year Tony won Finals MVP, and he still was an All-Star twice in that era. 2009 was also potentially TP’s greatest showing in the playoffs, though it was cut short as the Spurs were upset by their rival Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks.

As good as Tony Parker was, you’ve got to give Steve Nashand particularly MVP Steve Nashthe edge here. There’s a reason he’s seen as a top 40-ish player of all time, while Tony is merely (sarcasm) a Hall of Famer. Rivals tied it at 1-1.