The weirdest thing about this Hornets season may very well be the fact that we now have former San Antonio Spur and future Hall of Famer, Tony Parker on our team. The former Spur surprisingly joins the Charlotte Hornets in what will be his 17th season in the NBA. I can already say that after three preseason games and a handful of 2k19 games, I still can’t believe my eyes when number 9 steps onto the court.
Thanks to help from fellow Frenchman, Nic Batum, the Hornets were able to steal Parker from San Antonio during the summers free agency. The idea being that here in Charlotte he will have a bigger role being able to help mentor younger players while still receiving a steady dosage of playing time. Parker may very well be past his prime and just a shadow of what he once was, but there is no doubt that the NBA vet still has some game in him.
Parker has already grown accustomed to the backup point guard position, after spending the 2017-2018 NBA season backing up Spurs point guard, Dejounte Murray. During that season, Parker played in 55 games –starting 21— while averaging 7.7 points per game and 3.5 assists.
Obviously those numbers aren’t incredibly amazing, but Parker has never really had flashy stats. He has only ever averaged above 20 points per game twice in his career and has never even averaged above eight assists a game. That’s surprising for a surefire Hall of Famer, but considering the way a Greg Popovich offense is orchestrated, it’s not THAT crazy.
You should expect everybody to have a plate now that Parker is here. Considering new head coach James Borrego hails from the Popovich coaching tree, I think it would only makes sense that he tries to introduce or mirror his successful coaching style in Charlotte. Who better to help with that than the starting point guard on four of Pop’s championship teams.
The guidance that Parker can bring to this team is the big take away from this signing, not how many points he’s going to score a game. Charlotte’s young guys such as Malik Monk, Dwayne Bacon and Devonte Graham should constantly be learning from Parker and taking any kind of advice he is willing to give.
Monk and Graham especially can learn a lot and mirror there games around one of the best to ever do it. Even all-star point guard, Kemba Walker, can still learn a thing or two. He’s already said he’s going to try and pluck Parker’s floater away from him. A move that can give Kemba an entire new way to score. Let’s also hope that the French connection can lift Batum back up to his former self.
I don’t know if we will ever grow accustomed to seeing Parker suit up in the purple and teal. However, when he steps onto the court expect smart decisions, floaters, and leadership to come with him. We should be excited for Parker’s arrival.