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Tony Parker Retires

As we are neck deep in the 2019 NBA Finals, we have a significant retirement to look at in the world of Basketball as Tony Parker is calling it quits.

From France, Parker was selected by the San Antonio Spurs 28thOverall and after beginning the season as a backup he was soon elevated to the team’s starting Point Guard.  A member of the First Team All-Rookie squad, Parker showed constant improvement and helped the Spurs win the 2003 NBA Championship and was a great fit with their star big man, Tim Duncan.  That was the first of four titles that he would win, with the others coming in 2005, 2007 and 2014.  In the 2007 Championship, he was named the Finals MVP, which made him the first European to win that honor.

Parker would be a six-time All-Star and he was also three-time Second Team All-NBA selection.  He would average 15.5 Points and 5.7 Assists per Game over a 1,254 Game career, 17 seasons with San Antonio and a final one with the Charlotte Hornets.

Internationally, he played for France at the 2012 Olympics and in eight Eurobasket Tournaments where he took them to a Gold Medal in 2013.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Tony Parker for his on-court memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.

The San Antonio Spurs to retire Tony Parker's #9

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that the French newspaper, Le Parisien has reported that the San Antonio Spurs will be retiring the number 9 during their home game against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 11.

We do want to state that this has not been reported by the Spurs as of this writing, but this certainly seems like a plausible story.

The French native played all but his last season in the NBA with San Antonio, the team who drafted him 28thOverall in 2001.  The Point Guard would go onto be a six-time All-Star who was part of the Spurs’ “Big Three” with Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. Parker would help San Antonio win the NBA Championship four times (2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014) and was a NBA Finals MVP in 2007.  Individually, he was a three-time Second Team All-NBA Selection and a one-time Third Team All-NBA Selection.  He would average 15.8 Points and 5.7 Assists with a PER of 18.3.

Parker becomes the 10thman in franchise history to have his number retired.  He joins Johnny Moore (00), Avery Johnson (6), Bruce Bowen (12), James Silas (13), Manu Ginobili (20), Tim Duncan (21), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44) and David Robinson (50).  He is eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2022.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to Tony Parker for earning this impending honor.

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