Tony Parker named Western Conference Player of the Month
The good news keeps on coming for Tony Parker, as the Spurs point guard — fresh off being named the Western Conference’s player of the week and a reserve in the All-Star game — was named the West’s Player of the Month for January. Parker averaged a hair under 22 points per game, with 7.9 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 15 games.
I’ve written and talked about how well Tony Parker is playing right now, especially in the absence of Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, and with a limited Manu Ginobili, so I don’t want to repeat myself too much. Just know that the honor is well deserved.
What’s interesting is something that was noted in the press release by the team. This is the first player of the month award for a Spur since Tim Duncan received the honor in April of 2002. The Spurs have won three titles since a Spur last was named player of the month. We know Spurs don’t usually put up the individual numbers to warrant such honors, especially not back before the team started playing a little faster, but it’s still odd that they’ve won three major team honors since this one individual award.
Either way, congratulations to Tony Parker. LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, so Parker is in good company.