Is Parker the most important Spur of the future?

Denise Charles of the Bleacher Report ranked the San Antonio Spurs most important players of the future and Parker tops the list.

Tony Parker

He’s actually in the predicted peak years of an NBA player at the age of 29, but I was actually surprised to see him stay on the team.

Yes, we can agree his off-court life didn’t hinder his talent or skills and he helped the Spurs make it to the playoffs. His stats from the 2010-2011 season were some of his best, career-wise. With an averaged .519 field goal percentage, he boosted his career average of only .493. His three-point percentage averaged out to a .357, while his career sits below at a mere .315.

Although he has a way of magnetically attracting injuries, Parker is still a big asset to the Spurs and will probably remain one for the next 5 years or so.

Manu Ginobili

By far one of the most intense players the Spurs have…watching him at the AT&T Center is amazing because he plays with a lot of fire. Granted, he is 33 and nearing the end of the tunnel, he still contributes a lot to the Spurs and gets the job done. With an averaged .433 in field goal percentage, and .349 in three-point percentage…his stats have remained constant throughout his career, thus far.

Richard Jefferson

Despite the trade rumors, Jefferson managed to stay with the Spurs as they all surprisingly watched George Hill leave. At 31 years old, Jefferson is another guy still in his prime on the team. His stats from last season were by far his best. Averaging .474 in field goal percentages, .440 in three-point percentages, and 3.9 in rebounds, he was amongst the best of the team (granted he’s not considered one of the three big stars of the team).

Gary Neal

He definitely held his own and proved to be the best rookie on the Spurs team. I wouldn’t have expected less from an unknown player prior to joining the league, but Neal showed what he was made of.

At 26 years old, nearing his peak and prime years, he’s averaged .451 in field goal percentage and .419 in three-point percentages.

He has some fight in him and more importantly some clutch, as he showed during so many game saving clutch three pointers.

Tiago Splitter

Spurs fans waited anxiously for him—hoping he would be the complimentary piece to the Spurs and get them a fifth championship.

Some will still argue that they would take Splitter over Jefferson…not so fast though. Not to discredit his talent, but he’s just not as much of a showstopper.

Like Gary Neal, it was his first year on the team and in the league (he previously played with Brazil) and aside from his averaged .529 field goal percentage and 3.3 rebounds in the 2010-2011 regular season, that’s all he produced and contributed.

It’s not his fault…he did endure an injury while trying to catch-up in the NBA training, but then after missing to recover, he couldn’t catch-up after that. We’ll still give him credit where credit is due…if he can hang in there this season and prove to be a big asset to the Spurs future.

Tim Duncan

We all love him…I mean, who couldn’t??? But to be honest, he’s 35 years old. He’s very near the average retirement age for an NBA player.

His 2010-2011 regular season averages were the lowest of his career. He’s averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 13.4 points per game. Yes, those numbers aren’t bad, but in comparison to his career averaged 11.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 20.6 points per game—something is changing and it doesn’t look like it’s for the better of the Spurs.

There’s a reason he didn’t opt out of his final year in his contract with the Spurs for next season. If anything, he can provide lots of experience and advice to his teammates. However, there is also a reason the Spurs didn’t offer him the same extension of the guaranteed-salary.

Antonio McDyess

We barely saw the damage that could be done with McDyess on the court, but nevertheless there was always some harm being done by this 36-year-old.

If he wasn’t intimidating, the Spurs would not have offered and agreed to an extension of the guaranteed-salary on his contract for the 2011-2012 regular season.

He plays for half the time as some of the more well-known, but he still averaged .491 in field goal percentage and 5.4 in rebounds. If that’s not contribution, then I don’t know what is.

Agree with this ranking?

Is Parker the most important Spur of the future? Does Jefferson deserve to be in the top 3 on this list? Was Duncan ranked too low? Tell us what you think.


6 thoughts on “Is Parker the most important Spur of the future?

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  2. Robby

    The Big Three will always be viewed as the lynch pin of this organization . And though Timmy’s is on the downward side of his career it will now be up to TP and Manu to lead the team by example.

    What are your thoughts on the continued NBA lockout ? I’m not so sure that Stern , the league hierarchy and owners now know which direction to take ! Everything is now so contentious between the two sides . On the opposing side the union seems to taking the attitude of letting the league simply stumble over their own pratfalls while making themselves look stupid !

    tophatal ….

    • Manu, Tony and Tim are all important parts of the Spurs future, as well as young players like Splitter (who was dubbed the lynch pin of the Spurs’ future by coach Pop), Neal, Blair and even Anderson.

      What I don’t understand on this list by BR is the inclusion of Richard Jefferson (at #3?!?) and to lesser extent Antonio McDyess.

      We all know the Spurs have tried their hardest to move Jefferson’s contract and the trade for Leonard further validate that the Spurs are ready to move on without RJ.

      McDyess is a player I like and if there is a short season, I’d like the Spurs to keep him but maybe they need to work on his expiring contract a little. Because of his age, I don’t see him as an important part of the Spurs. In short term yes.

      About the lockout, I really don’t get it. David Stern has to wake up and cut this crap out. I mean an NBA audit reveals that there was a 5 percent income boost last season So what’s up with this lockout?

      NBA Stars are going all over the place. Even Kobe, Durant and Rose reportedly earned $400,000 each in a weekend exhibition trip to the Philippines. Talk about slap in the face!

      Thanks for the regular reads and helpful insights.

      • Robby

        Kobe and Durant need that money the way Bill Gates needs a frontal lobotomy . Who provided the services for that NBA audit former employees within the accounts department of Enron or the accounting company Arthur Andersen & Co who provided the services for now bankrupt companies as Enron and World Comm ?

        The NBA is a joke as too are David Stern and the owners with their continued pleas of poverty. Through 2009-10 the league was loaned in excess of $500 billion in order to meet their financial obligations but over the past decade teams have borrowed in excess of $1.65 billion .

        The sooner this mess is resolved the better of the NBA will be . Because from an image standpoint their crap is now at all-time low !


  3. I agree that Parker might be the most important piece of the Spurs future, but RJ at number 3? I don’t think so. Bleacher Report is good but they missed it on RJ. Sure he played well in the season but he sucks when it counts the most.

    Jefferson should not be in the Spurs’ future plans, in fact they were trying hard to move him (before the lockout) and gets Kawhi Leonard as his possible replacement.

  4. The Big 3 will always be the centerpiece of the Spurs but for the future, I think Splitter, Neal and Anderson are important players and maybe draft picks Leonard and Bertans too.

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