Is Tony Parker the MVP?

Is Tony Parker the MVP?

By adminSaturday - March 9th, 2013Categories: NBA, San Antonio Spurs


After watching the Portland Trailblazers’ historic 136-106 beat-down on the Spurs home court, hammering the worst loss in the Duncan era, it prompted me to revisit Tony Parker’s MVP candidacy.

While LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the front runners for the MVP award,  almost lapping everyone else in the MVP race, it is overlooked just how much Tony Parker drives the Spurs machine.  Parker has led the Spurs to the best record in the league 48-15, but does not have the luxury of a young athletic star teammate to help share the scoring and play-making role, instead Parker is the youngest player of the Spurs aging Big 3 at age 30.  Parker’s Big 3 teammates, with a combined age of 71 years, have missed nine games this season.  Meanwhile Durant has the luxury of having the most athletic PG to play the game in 24 year old Russel Westbrook, and LeBron James has plenty of help with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh still in their primes.

But it raises the question: How do we evaluate MVP candidates?  Should it be the best player on the best team like Derrick Rose in 2010?  Should it go to the best player even if his team doesn’t have the best record like LeBron James in 2012?  In any case, Parker is having a Rose-like impact for his team, leading the Spurs to the best record in the NBA, while having to carry the load as the lone young star of his team.  If that doesn’t deserve some MVP attention, then the Spurs really are underrated.