Tony Parker's Craziest NBA Finals Performances

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Tony Parker's Craziest NBA Finals Performances
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As the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker prepares for the fourth NBA Finals of his 12-year career, he's still battling to garner recognition from a historic standpoint.

Somehow a career 17.1 scoring average, 49.4 career field-goal percentage and seven 20.0-plus player efficiency ratings in the last eight seasons just isn't convincing enough for some absent-minded analysts.

It's either one of the more egregious violations the basketball world has ever seen, or just the latest example of the San Antonio Spurs' Rodney Dangerfield effect. Five All-Star Game selections, three championship rings and a Finals MVP and the guy still gets no respect.

Still it's hard to imagine him viewing life in San Antonio as anything remotely close to a curse. He was an NBA champion after just two seasons in the league and added two more rings to his resume by his sixth year in the league.

Life is unfair, sure, but the slights by the press have been eradicated and then some by the basketball gods.

Of course, Parker's been far more than a fortunate bystander in his trio of title runs. In fact, he's the proud owner of several of the finest finals performances in Spurs' history.

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