San Antonio Spurs: Why Tony Parker Deserves MVP Love

March 20th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
Much has been written already on the exceptional season Tony Parker is having this year. Some are even speculating that he belongs in the MVP discussion, an unprecedented first for the San Antonio Spurs' point guard.

In a 122-111 victory over the Orlando Magic—the third consecutive game in which Parker topped 30 points—San Antonio's fans even gave Parker his first legitimate "MVP" chant.

Of course, those fans may be a bit biased. But, their sentiment holds a kernel of truth: even with LeBron James and Kevin Durant in the lead for MVP consideration, Tony Parker isn't far behind. His performance of late has epitomized the delicate balance between scoring and distributing that defines elite point guard play.

As we all know, however, winning an MVP award is about more than just being great—or even having a dominant team. Having a real shot at the Maurice Podoloff Trophy means you have to be better than all the other guys. Objectively speaking, Parker hasn't done that quite yet.

But...he has a chance.

Parker's per 48-minute production is exceptional: he ranks fifth in assists with 11.2 and 13th in scoring with 27.9 ...

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