Parker named best NBA draft pick in 2001

Bleacher Report has made a habit of making a list on NBA players or ranking them from best to worst.

This time, Jeff Chase of B/R took a stab at the past 10 NBA draft picks (excluding the 2011 draft).

Back in 2001, he thinks San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was the best pick.

Here is what he had to say:

Tony Parker has been a cornerstone of the San Antonio Spurs since his second season where he averaged 15.5 points per game.

Parker was 28th overall pick in the 2001 draft, and his three championships brought him the reputation of being one of the most consistent and positive players in the NBA.

Parker has not slowed down to this day, but rumors have recently said he could be on the move very soon.

We will have to see what happens, but no matter what, the Spurs have found him to be a late draft pick gift.

Honorable Mention: Pau Gasol.

Gasol was taken with the third-overall pick in the 2001 draft, but it took him awhile to finally claim a championship. After many dismal seasons with the Grizzlies, even with his solid play, Gasol finally found himself with the Lakers and winning two championships.

I agree with Chase’s take, Parker may not be the best pure point guard in the league but he fits the Spurs’ style of play.

In 2003, the Spurs tried to lure Jason Kidd to pair with Duncan because they felt Parker wasn’t ready for the big stage.

However, the French superstar has performed fairly well during his first NBA Finals appearance helping the Spurs win their second title, and won two more after that.

Parker was named Finals MVP in the Spurs’ last title tun back in 2007.

For a 28th overall pick what more can you ask for? Parker was definitely the best pick and the best steal of the draft back in 2001.

Agree or disagree with this take? Tell us what you think.

4 thoughts on “Parker named best NBA draft pick in 2001

  1. Pingback: Parker named best NBA draft pick in 2001 « Spurs World | | The Spurs StoreThe Spurs Store

  2. A nice look back from BR, agree with most of the pick year by year.

    TP was really a steal in 2001 and shows how great the Spurs scouts are. Go Spurs Go!

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