Tony Parker named Western Conference Player of the Week

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It was announced on Monday afternoon that Spurs point guard Tony Parker was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 21 through Sunday, January 27. Those games included Monday’s win in Philadelphia, at home to the Hornets, Friday in Dallas, and Saturday against Phoenix. Parker averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 assists per game in those four contests.

I said it a number of times, both publicly and not, that I think Tony Parker is playing as good as I’ve ever seen him perform right now. In their win over the Hornets last week, I watched as Parker was able to get teammates open by looking off defenders. Parker would drive, look away from Splitter, the defender would leave Splitter and follow Parker’s eyes, and then Parker would drop the ball off to Splitter for a dunk or layup. It was some undisciplined defense from New Orleans, sure, but it’s also next-level point guard stuff from Parker.

The last week has also made me wonder if the Spurs won’t be able to continue their streak of winning 50 games in a season. Currently, the Spurs are riding a 13-season streak of winning at least 50 games (it should be 15 if not for the stupid 1999 lockout). San Antonio is almost certain to continue that mark this season and likely next if the band gets back together again, which it should. But what about after that?

With Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich both out for the last three games, and Manu Ginobili just getting back in a rhythm, but still not the Manu that everybody knows and loves, Parker has been the general. We’ve gotten a taste for what it will be like when Duncan/Pop/Manu are gone and things don’t seem as bleak as originally thought. Who knows how long the 50 game streak could go?

In the meantime, though, with his All-Star nod on Thursday night and now this player of the week award, it’s good to see Tony Parker recognized for his excellent play as of late.