Tony Parker is big outside the United States.
Spurs Nation's Dan McCarney provided further details on the selection process:
Parker won the award, given by Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, after leading France to its first championship at last summer’s EuroBasket tournament. Parker was also named All-Europeans Player of the Year, voted on by roughly 300 journalists who cover European basketball.
Parker last won the award in 2007, ending Dirk Nowitzki's five-year streak of bringing home the same honor. Andrei Kirilenko was recognized as the EPOY of the year for 2012.
By snagging his second-ever commendation, Parker joins a select group of other NBA athletes to have earned the honor multiple times:
1/2 Other @NBA players who have won multiple European POY Awards in addition to Tony Parker include: Arvydas Sabonis/Dirk Nowitzki (6 each)— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 20, 2014
2/2 Other @NBA players who have won multiple European POY Awards in addition to Tony Parker:Toni Kukoc (5) Drazen Petrovic (4) Pau Gasol (3)— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 20, 2014
Overall, Parker is the 14th different player to be named EPOY, which was first issued nearly four decades ago:
The European POY Award, presented by Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, was first issued in 1979 (Vladimir Tkachenko, Soviet Union)— NBA History (@NBAHistory) January 20, 2014
While sometimes overlooked for his passive demeanor, Parker has received more than his fair share of NBA-related accolades as well.
San Antonio's point man has been named to five All-Star Games, won three championships and was named the 2006-07 NBA Finals MVP. That's in addition to his three All-NBA selections, one Player of the Month award and eight Player of the Week distinctions.
Known for his incisive dribble-drives and precision-based court vision, Parker, 31, remains one of the best point guards in the league today, even as he plays through is 13th NBA season. His long-spanning dominance is something absolutely worthy of any and all recognition—including this one.
"It's just Pops calling my number lately," Parker said after San Antonio's recent victory over the Utah Jazz, per the Associated Press (via ESPN). "Since the beginning of the season, he's playing everybody, and lately he's been calling my number."
Lately, and for the last 10-plus years, Parker has been delivering.