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Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

Posted on: March 25, 2009 10:19 pm

ATLANTA --When Tim Duncan is resting his ailing knee and Manu Ginobili is fighting his way through a 1-for-7 shooting night in his first game in six weeks, it sure helps to have Tony Parker.

Parker was brilliant Wednesday night with 42 points and 10 assists, helping the Spurs solve their recent struggles closing out games in a 102-92 victory over the Hawks. Parker's performance was so good, it prompted Duncan to say he deserves to at least be in the top five on voters' MVP ballots in a few weeks.

"I think absolutely," said Duncan, a two-time MVP. "Of course I'm biased, obviously. But with the position that we're in -- second or seventh in the West, however many games it can switch -- we're right in the mix with that. The amount of injuries we've been dealing with all year ... he's keeping this team consistent. He's been the consistent one all year long. Absolutely, he should be at least given an opportunity to be one of those top five."

It was the second-highest scoring game of Parker's career, after the 55 points against Minnesota in double overtime back in November. (For the record, he had 42 in regulation in that game.)

When Parker had 55 points and 10 assists in a 129-125 victory over the Timberwolves on Nov. 5, he stopped San Antonio from suffering its first 0-4 start since 1973. I'm detecting a theme. When the Spurs are in trouble, Parker comes to the rescue.

"He was unstoppable," said Ginobili, who had only two points on 1-for-7 shooting in 14:02, his first appearance after missing 19 games with a stress reaction in his right ankle. "But at the same time, he was really good playing defense. And there was a stretch where he found Roger (Mason), (Michael Finley), Matt (Bonner) on the roll, and they didn’t know what to do. He was the reason that we won this game."

Parker is the reason the Spurs win a lot of games. But they know they're not going anywhere if they don't get Ginobili and Duncan 100 percent -- or close to it -- before the playoffs begin.

"We always have a good shot," Ginobili said. "The thing is, if we're not healthy, we won't."





Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2009 1:44 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

I can't see Parker being in the top five for cosideration in MVP voting.  He has some big games and is starting to turn in more of those big games as he becomes healthy and as the Spurs fight to remain a high seed in the stronger Western Conference.  I don't think the spurs, if they are healthy, would drop off significantly without him.  They have players that are good enough to pick up the slack if they have to.  They have already played through a stretch this season without him and they did not drown.  Change the subject to Top 5 Point Guards and there may be a worth while argument.  There are many other players in this league that mean more to their teams than he does to his.  Between Lebron, Kobe, Dwayne, Dwight, Chris, Deron, Chauncey and there are not any votes left to give.  Mo Williams is more important to his team evident by their increase in effeciency and their francise best record.  You know what, give him(Tony Parker) one vote just to make Duncan shut up.    

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 11:40 am

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

Well if Parker played the Hawks every game he'd win it hands down. tvmanmark www.georgiahighschoolsportstalk.blo 

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 11:26 am

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

This is the type of guy Duncan is, always puts the team ahead of himself. Spurs win title number 5 and will again show that Duncan has built a storied franchise.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:50 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

Lakers scared? I don't think so. Respectful? Of course, they've always had a healthy respect for the Spurs team for many reasons, including the coaching, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and so on. But if you think a team with a 56-14 record is afraid of any other team, you're pipe dreaming. These two should face each other in the playoffs, hopefully the WCF. But as a Lakers fan, I'm confident they will come out on top... Andrew Bynum or no AB, Manu Ginobili or no Manu. 



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 2:29 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

your list is ignorant.  Kobe is minimum 1A.  Wade has been awesome, but he's not on Kobe or Lebron's level 

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 2:22 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

Parker is a good player and deserves to be considered for MVP.  If you remove Lebron from Cleveland they might win twenty or twenty five games.  If you take Dwayne Wade out of Miami they would be awful.  When Dwight Howard has a good night Orlando wins, when he is off or isn't getting big rebounding numbers they lose.  When Parker was out early in the season it wasn't the end of the season for San Antonio who discovered Roger Mason can have big games.  Like I said Parker deserves consideration but clearly is not the MVP. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 1:10 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

Because Parker should be far ahead of Chris Paul and Kevin Garnett, The Hornets are not dominating anybody, Paul is amazing don't get me wrong but the MVP is about the most important player to a team, more than just stats, when Duncan and Ginobili were out at the same time, Parker kept the Spurs from falling out of a very competitive West, Paul is having a great year but I don't think he will even be considered for MVP this year.  The same goes for Garnett, a solid year, actually down per his standards, the Celtics are solid, but he isn't carrying this team, it is a 3 player team, strong arguments can be made for him not even being the best playler on the team.  Again those two are solid no doubt but they both fall into 6th and 7th.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 1:00 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

I like Duncan cheering on his teammate, but how on earth do you put Parker in the top 5?

1.) LeBron James (clearly)

2.) Dwayne Wade

3.) Dwight Howard

4.) Chris Paul

5.) Kobe Bryant

6.) Kevin Garnett


8.) Pau Gasol

9.) Tim Duncan

10.) Deron Williams


Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:51 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

I actually think we will see a rematch of the 2007 NBA finals -- Cavs/Spurs. The Spurs are being very underrated in the West. They are the second seed in a very competetive conference, and have spent a great portion of the season without their #3 in a scheme completely based around the big 3. Yeah, the Lakers whooped the Spurs last year but Tony Parker has taken a big step forward this season and Duncan hasn't regressed too much. This is STILL the most clutch team in the NBA. Besides, when was the last time they went back to back years with no championships? This team knows that this might well be their last go round at grabbing a title, while the Lakers have another 3-5 years of championship caliber basketball out of their roster. This will be a factor. Trust me.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:30 pm

Duncan: Parker should get MVP votes

I agree with Duncan, Tony Parker does deserve some MVP votes. I don't think he should win it but he should seriously get considered. When Duncan and Ginobili are out he has to lead the team and he has pulled through almost every time. He is one of the best point guards and best players in the league. The MVP votes should finish in this order: 1. Dwayne Wade 2. Lebron James 3. Kobe Bryant 4. Tony Parker 5. Dwight Howard Wade and Lebron could be interchangable, and Lebron probably will win it, but Wade has to be considered he has been absolutely amazing this year and has a young Heat team (that wasn't really expected to compete) on the verge of making the playoffs as a middle of the pack team...

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