Spurs' Tony Parker Climbing Up All-Time Playoff Scoring List

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Spurs' Tony Parker Climbing Up All-Time Playoff Scoring List
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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker heads into an NBA Finals matchup against the Miami Heat with a chance to work his way up from the No. 15 spot on the all-time playoff scoring list.

According to NBA.com/Stats, Parker tied the legendary Wilt Chamberlain (3,607 points) for 15th place in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, then surpassed Chamberlain in the series' deciding Game 6.

However, Parker recorded a modest 13.2 points per game in the conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder after averaging 19.9 in a first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks and 18.4 in a Western Conference Semifinals matchup with the the Portland Trail Blazers.

Now in sole possession of 15th place with 3,615 career playoff points, Parker needs just eight more to tie Elgin Baylor (3,623) for 14th place and 27 to match Scottie Pippen (3,642) for 13th. Both marks may be attainable in Thursday's Game 1, though Parker averaged just 15.7 points per game in last season's Finals matchup versus the Heat.

Looking beyond Game 1, Parker trails 12th-place Magic Johnson (3,701) by 86 points and 11th-place Hakeem Olajuwon (3,755) by 140 points.

Assuming we get the tightly contested series that nearly everyone is expecting, Parker should pass Magic and may even make a run at The Dream.

10th place belongs to Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek (3,776), who sits 161 points ahead of Parker. Making a run at Havlicek looks like a long shot, as the longtime San Antonio point guard would need to average 23 points in a seven-game series or 26.9 points in a six-game series.

Though he probably won't catch Havlicek this year, it's only a matter of time—very likely next season—before Parker cracks the all-time top 10.

Along with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Parker is already a part of the winningest trio in NBA playoff history, and the three of them are still going strong.

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