Others, notably TNT analyst Charles Barkley and USA Today’s Sam Amick, have suggested that Spurs point guard Tony Parker did not merit a spot on the Western Conference All-Star team ahead of Golden State’s Stephen Curry.
Available for comment for the first time in more than a week, Popovich on Tuesday strongly disagreed. In fact, Popovich asserted that Parker, averaging 20.1 points and 7.5 assists and shooting 52.7 percent from the field for the team with the league’s best record, has been the NBA’s best point guard this season.
“There’s no question that Tony is the guy,” Popovich said. “I think he’s probably played better than any point guard in the league, if you want to be totally frank. It’s hard to pick somebody who’s had a better year than he’s had at that position.
“There’s always going to be people who had good half years like ‘Steph’ had. There are other people who have played well enough to be on the All-Star team. In the West, especially, it’s tough. There are a lot of good teams and a lot of good players.”
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