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Tony Parker Set to Return

A Wheeler's Opinion: Will it help the Spurs?



Tony Parker, despite being old, is still one of the league's most beloved point guards and he is definitely one of the best international players to step on an NBA court. He may not be the same TP9 we all saw during his younger years but he can still bring young guards to school. 

Tony Parker hasn't played since May during last season's playoffs after sustaining an injury during the Spurs' series against James Harden and the Houston Rockets- a series that the Spurs lost. We haven't seen Tony Parker since then and many thought that that was the last time we would see TP9.

Nope!

After missing a month this season, Tony Parker has announced through Facebook that yes, he'll finally make his season debut against the Dallas Mavericks who are making a surge as of late after starting the season on a horrible way. 


Question: will Tony Parker's return help the Spurs?

Yes! 

Sure, the Spurs are steadily catching up with the Golden State Warriors and the Rockets as they are in 3rd place in the West with a 12-7 record. Mind you, folks. Aside from not having Parker, the Spurs are also playing and winning without Kawhi Leonard who has been injured after you-know-who caused him an injury during last season's Western Conference Finals between the Spurs and the eventual champions, the Warriors. 



Having said that, the Spurs will generally benefit just by having Tony Parker back on the floor. Why? 

While Patty Mills has produced decent numbers in 19 games this season, so far, averaging 8 points and a team-leading 3 assists per game, it's Tony Parker's leadership skills plus his playmaking abilities that the Spurs will get back once TP9 suits up. It's that simple. Plus, having Parker around will provide additional stability in the point guard position plus, additional firepower.

Related:  No One Knows When Kawhi Leonard is Returning Not Even the Spurs


Conclusion

Although we haven't witnessed TP9 play this season, we can all expect the Spurs to become a better with their French point guard manning the point starting tomorrow against Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. Tony Parker has dealt with many injuries in the past and yet, he keeps on coming back, better- one way or another. Now that's longevity. 

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