The San Antonio Spurs are set up pretty well at point guard for the 2016-17 season! 34-year old point guard Tony Parker is starting to slow down and the Spurs are monitoring his minutes now. But, he can still dial up a big game once in a while. Parker played in 72 games (all starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 27.5 minutes, 11.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Parker also played in 10 games (all starts) in the playoffs last year and he averaged 26.4 minutes, 10.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Parker has now played in 1,080 games (1,067 starts) in his first 15 years with the Spurs and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 16.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He has also played in 213 games (205 starts) for the Spurs in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 35.1 minutes, 18.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Parker is a 6-time All-Star and a 4-time NBA Champion with the Spurs! Parker is the all-time leader in assists for the Spurs with 6,349 of them. He is also #2 in games played (1,080), #7 in three pointers made (473), #6 in defensive rebounds (2,694), #10 in total rebounds (3,105), #7 in steals (970) and he is #4 in points scored (17,884) in Spurs’ history!
28-year old Patty Mills could start on a lot of teams, but on the Spurs, he is Tony Parker’s caddy. Mills played in 81 games (3 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 20.5 minutes, 8.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He also played in 10 games (0 starts) in the playoffs last year in which he averaged 16.7 minutes, 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Mills has now played in 287 games (10 starts) in his first five years with the Spurs and he is averaging 17.1 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He has also played in 57 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs and he is averaging 12.1 minutes, 5.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Mills was a member of the Spurs’ NBA Champion team of the 2013-14 season! He is already #9 in Spurs’ history with his 396 three pointers made! Mills will probably start playing more this year in an effort to keep Parker fresh.
20-year old Dejounte Murray will be the #3 point guard for the Spurs in 2016-17. They were shocked to see him available when the 29th pick (1st round) came up. So the Spurs jumped on him! He will likely have a bright future for the Spurs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SPURS’ POINT GUARDS IN 2016-17: B