The Orlando Sentinel are currently ranking the NBA’s top 10 players at each position.
According to the website, these are not fantasy basketball rankings and don’t measure players’ potential or their career achievements. Instead, the ranking is meant to capture where players rank at this time of their careers.
Point guard ranking: 7th
Current team: San Antonio Spurs
2010-11 regular-season stats: 78 games played, 32.4 mpg, .519 fg%, .357 3p%, .769 ft%, 17.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.6 apg
2011 postseason stats: Six games played, 36.8 mpg, .462 fg%, .125 3p%, .756 ft%, 19.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.2 apg
Contract status: Signed with the Spurs through 2014-15.
Strengths: Parker remains one of the quickest players in the league, and he’s one of the top scoring point guards in the game.
He maneuvers into the paint with regularity.
Last season, his 6.6 assists per game was the second-highest assist average of his career. He’s a good defender, and he also has proven himself repeatedly in the postseason.
Weaknesses: Parker shoots poorly from 3-point range; last year actually was one of his better seasons from long distance. And he’s also a sub par free-throw shooter, which is a shame considering that he can draw fouls.
He’s had some durability issues in recent years; his 78 regular-season games played last year was his highest total since 2005-06.
The future: Parker didn’t endear himself to the organization when French journalists reported that Parker said the Spurs’ days of contending for a title were behind them, but Parker said his statements were misrepresented. Parker could play for a French team if the lockout continues.
Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and Steve Nash were ranked ahead of Parker, while Chauncey Billups is at number 8.
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