If you’re a Spurs fan dreaming of another parade down the Riverwalk, this is your biggest concern: Tony Parker didn’t look good in the playoffs last season or at EuroBasket this summer. Of those two, the EuroBasket outing this summer should be the one keeping Popovich up at night — Parker averaged 12 points a game on 34.3 percent shooting (28 percent from three), and he struggled to get separation or get to the rim. Remember, this was going against European point guards, not elite NBA athletes.
What happened? If you ask Parker — as Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News did — the French guard made it sound like no big deal.
Parker is young compared to Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, but at age 33 he’s reached the point a lot of point guards start to show serious decline in their games. Parker seems to be showing that — two seasons ago he had an All-Star level PER of 23 during the season, last season that was a just-above-average 15.9. His playoff PER last season was 6.8.
Parker talked about trying to stave that off by taking better care of his body.
The Spurs are title contenders, and LaMarcus Aldridge will be a huge upgrade for them. But if the Spurs are going to add ring number six to the collection, it’s going to be about Parker getting his groove back.