Corporate Knowledge: February 10, 2012
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- Tony Parker is an All-Star. Some might be surprised, and the Western Conference has a number of quality guards, but any of the 11 people that read John Hollinger’s Per Diem yesterday knows this is a deserved honor.Just a quick checklist of All-Star criteria that immediately came to mind:Statistics:18.9 PPG, 7.7 APG, 21.9 PER. Check.Team success: Best player on a team that is 18-9, 1st in Division, 2nd in Western Conference. Check.
Signature games: A 42-point, nine-assist outburst against Russell Westbrook, followed by a 37-point, eight-assist effort against the Philadelphia 76ers on the road. Also outdueled Kyle Lowry in their last head-to-head matchup. Check.
I’m not going to diminish the accomplishments of Kyle Lowry, Ty Lawson, or Monta Ellis to justify Parker’s inclusion. Arguments can be made for all. But to say he does not belong is ludicrous.
- One of those that would like to see Parker out is ProbasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin, who feels the honor should go to Kyle Lowry in place of Parker. His reasoning:
Parker carries a heavy burden this season in San Antonio but he has some veterans stepping up like Tim Duncan to help him, Lowry is doing it with less.
- I would argue that Tony Parker has a better system than Lowry, and Duncan a capable defender, but at this point in his career Duncan is no more capable than Luis Scola offensively as a pick and roll—or rather pop—partner. And without Manu Ginobili, Parker is surrounded by a similar collection of young, unproven role players. Except Lowry has Kevin Martin.Lowry is the better overall player in terms of how many different things he brings to the table, but Parker has an elite skill (dribble penetration) that he uses to elevate his team to greater heights. Parker vs Lowry is almost like Duncan vs Kevin Garnett on a much smaller scale. Would you prefer the guy that can do more things well, or the one that does one or two things superior to everybody else?
- Tony Parker made an All-Star team? Naturally it’s time to trade him, as Trevor Zickgraf looks to the draft and some prospects the Spurs might look to acquire for Parker. Personally, I have never been behind the trade Tony Parker crowd unless something obvious presents itself.Looking back to last year’s draft, moving George Hill instead of Parker was absolutely the right call, and that trade stands even better with the development of Danny Green.
- Over at Pounding the Rock, Josh Guyer gives a video breakdown of the San Antonio Spurs pick and roll.
- NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury on Tony Parker passing Avery Johnson and his development from teenage point guard to NBA All-Star.
- Jeff McDonald of the Express-News notes that for the past decade the only sure things were death, taxes, and Tim Duncan making the All-Star game. With Duncan being left off the Western Conference roster this year, do the other two fundamental forces no longer apply? Side note: Please stay safe and file your taxes.