With all the pressure of having to run the Spurs’ offense, and having the opposing defense keyed in on his importance to the Spurs, one would think that Tony Parker would have trouble being able to consistently perform at an elite level every single game. However, that hasn’t been the case in the NBA playoffs — Tony Parker has provided scoring and playmaking in almost every single playoff game this year.
Other than a sub-par performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Tony Parker has pretty much been money for 15-25 points, and 5-8 assists per game.
Here’s the most amazing part: Tony Parker simply doesn’t turn the ball over (that much).
That’s a pretty elite level of production for a 31 year old point guard.
And obviously he has help from the likes of the best power forward ever (Tim Duncan), one of the hottest shooters in the business (Danny Green), and one of the best offensive juggernauts in the game (Manu Ginobili, though he’s been less of an offensive juggernaut of late).
But still, 20 and 8, doesn’t just happen by itself — and it’s Tony Parker’s elite level of consistency that not only creates trust amongst his teammates (“I know Tony’s gonna get at least 20 and 8 tonight, so I don’t have to worry too much about carrying the load. I can just go out and play my game.”) but also motivates his teammates to find that same level of consistency within themselves (“If Tony’s getting 20 and 8 every night, I’ve got to get at least…”).