Originally Posted by indesertum
sorry winning isn't everything. luke walton has championship rings. parker is a liability on defense and his team actually plays slightly better when he's benched although that's a testament to the spurs more than anything
Parker has the multi-facitied ability to run a system offense, run an offense by himself when it breaks down, and also look for his own shot. winning isn't everything, but barely playing 30min/game (29.4min/game this season) is the reason his stats don't stack up per game average. But if you just look at his per 36min/game numbers then you can see he's up there with the other guys in an over-all sense.
if parker was playing like 35min and given free reign he'd have the stats that would "impress". but you're right he plays in a system and within himself and his game which is actually a good thing if you think about it. what if russell westbrook picked his spots more often? or what if CP3 would trust the system during end of game situations? what if steph curry or Dragic would step off the gas and go cerebral when the heat check shots aren't falling.
tony parker also has the ability to win a whole game by himself (by scoring 30-ish points and running and offense - if you remember the 2013 finals). definitely Westbrook Stephen Curry and CP3 can do that, and less so with Dragic (who's pretty much a 2 guard anyway).
stephen curry, Dragic and westbrook are combo guards. remember when dwyane wade was a "point guard" for the 1st 4 years of his career?
CP3 is very prototypical as a PG, but he's weirdly predictable and turns the offense into a clogged toilet set during crunch time (maybe he has trust issues with teammates and/or coach). CP3 has his own version of detrimental "hero ball" in crunch time.
Tony parker? he can actually do all those things, and most importantly just sit the fuck back and let his team do the work if its not happening. attributing the system to his success is an awesome thing - if it means results right? thats like saying peyton manning is overrated because he runs a no huddle and we should look to compare him with tony romo because they have similar stats.