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.