Tony Parker Passes 16,000 Career Points to Join Elite San Antonio Spurs Ranks

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Tony Parker Passes 16,000 Career Points to Join Elite San Antonio Spurs Ranks
Sue Ogrocki

The San Antonio Spurs may have snapped their team-record 19-game winning streak on Thursday night, but at least one Spur left his mark on the franchise's history books.

Per Project Spurs' Quizem Ramirez, point guard Tony Parker ascended further into the franchise's pantheon, scoring the 16,000th point of his career:

Parker came into the Thursday's matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder a mere five points short of the mark. He passed the 16,000-point plateau with a layup in the second quarter. That was Parker's last bucket of the game; he sat for much of the second half as the Spurs fell to the Thunder, 106-94.

Clearly, Parker has put himself into some elite company. George Gervin spent nearly all of his 14-year career in San Antonio, spanning the franchise's transition from the ABA to the NBA. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996, the first Spur so honored.

David Robinson would join Gervin in the Hall in 2009. The Admiral was a lifetime Spur, playing all of his 14 seasons in San Antonio. He made 10 All-Star teams, won one MVP award (1994-95) and won a pair of titles.

And, of course, Tim Duncan is Tim Duncan. He will be enshrined in Springfield as soon as he is eligible.

Will Parker be joining his longtime teammate Duncan in the Hall of Fame once he retires? SB Nation's Chris Itz analyzed Parker's Hall chances before the season, and believes that the Frenchman is nearing lock status with each passing year:

If Tony never played another game he is a borderline statistical Hall of Famer (basketball-reference.com gives him an 83.4% chance right now), and he probably gets in with his three rings, Finals MVP, Eurobasket title and MVP, along with his various All-Star/All-NBA honors. 

But don't worry, Spurs fans: Parker doesn't plan on hanging up his sneakers any time soon.

He recently bought the French league team ASVEL, and told the website Sportando.com, he would like to play another half decade in America before eventually ending his career playing for his own club: “I am going to play in the NBA for 5-6 more years and I will play my last season with ASVEL. My dream is to play the season with ASVEL in the new arena."

As for Parker's short-term goals, his Spurs still have a lock on home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. Tony Parker would probably like nothing more than to end this season by bringing another title to San Antonio.

 

*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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