4. Tony Parker (2001-18)
Only one man has seen more time on the court as a San Antonio Spur than Tony Parker. Taken with the last pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, he quickly became one of the biggest success stories the league has ever seen.
By his second season in the NBA at just 20 years old, he was the starting point guard on a championship team. By 24, he was a two-time NBA All-Star and an NBA Finals MVP. When all was said and done, he was a four-time NBA champion, a six-time NBA All-Star, and one of the most successful point guards ever.
What made Parker so special on the court was his lightning quick speed and combination of a deadly spin move plus a killer tear drop. As a result, he was often near the top of the association in points in the paint despite being just 6-2.
There's absolutely no doubt Tony Parker is the best point guard to ever play in San Antonio, and his exclusion from the NBA 75th Anniversary Team is criminal. Still, I think he's perfectly happy with the hardware in his collection.
Here's where Parker sits among some of the career leaders in SA:
- 2nd in games played and total minutes
- 3rd in field goals
- 5th in free throws
- 1st in assists
- 5th in steals
- 4th in total points
- 3rd in win shares
Highlight: Tony Parker absolutely carves up the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game on a blistering 56.8% mark from the field. Awarding him the NBA Finals MVP was a no-brainer.