13. Tony Parker
An exceptionally good offensive year (a 22-7 with 50 percent FG) highlighted by icy-in-the-clutch scoring. Five years ago, I would have ended the paragraph there, but now we can look this stuff up! Of the top 12 "clutch" scorers according to 82games.com , Parker had the highest field-goal percentage other than Melo and LeBron.
10. Tim Duncan
Started wearing down (March and April: 15.5 points, 46 percent FG) right after his NBA odometer hit 1,000 games (regular season plus playoffs). If you remember, KG hit 1,000 games in October, injured his knee a few weeks later and never really looked the same. So, yes, I am concerned. Listen to Part 1 of my podcast with Bucher and Stein to hear three guys discuss this topic for way too long.
From an offensive standpoint, Parker is clearly way ahead of Duncan; his efficiency is one of the best in the league (top 10 overall), and he has been doing his thing; Duncan just doesn't have the same lift on his legs that he once did, and against decent defenders he's been having his struggles.
On the defensive side of the ball, usually it was a clearcut case that Timmy D would dominate, as Parker has never been better than an average defender. However, this season the Spurs are no better on defense with or without Duncan on the floor (according to 82 games dot com, they appear to be WORSE with Duncan on the floor, which I'm still having trouble believing). Of course, the same holds true for Parker, but these stats are still very surprising.
Who do you guys feel has been more valuable this season, Timmy or Tony?
Who's been the MVS (Most Valuable Spur) this season?
Tim Duncan (17 votes)
Tony Parker (62 votes)
Someone else (3 votes)
82 total votes