Originally Posted by Whoah10115
2nd best player? What have you been smoking? Tony Parker is the Spurs' best and most valuable player, case closed.
And Paul really has no case over him. First of all, he's missed 12 games. Parker has missed 3. So Paul better be playing twice as well. He's not. Parker shoots better percentages and scores a good deal more. Paul is the better playmaker and passer and defender but Parker is running that system better. Parker's scoring comes within that offense and his attacking the rim is the centerpiece of their offense. He does what he wants and he's separating himself more and more with each game.
Had Paul not been injured, then who knows? But he was and right now it shouldn't be an argument.
Parker is playing better than Paul. He did last year too, but I understand the value of what Paul did last year. Bryant should have made the 2nd Team last year. Parker has been even better this season. He's been the best guard in the NBA.
Duncan has been the Spurs best player this year and highest impact player this year IMO. Hell some have taken to say he's been the best bigman in the game. I have yet to hear a single person NOT call Chris Paul the best PG this year in the NBA. Chris Paul has been a better player than Tony Parker every single year of his career.
21 ppg, 7.5 apg, 3 rpg for Parker in 33 minutes.
17 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3 apg, 3 bpg in just 30 minutes a game for Duncan as the team's defensive anchor.
Both have identical win shares and similar impact metrics but Duncan again has more value to the success of the Spurs due to his defense.
Missing 12 games doesn't disqualify you from an MVP race and Paul's absence proved exactly why he's the true MVP of the league. Take Parker off the Spurs and they are just fine. Take CP3 off the Clippers and they fell apart bad DESPITE having one of the best backup PG's.
Paul is a better player, is more important to his team than Parker... therefor he's a much stronger MVP candidate. The teams are so close record wise that that's negligible.