Tony Parker has been banged up all season, which is why fantasy basketball owners should think about acquiring a fallback option and sell high on the San Antonio Spurs‘ point guard. With most fantasy league trade deadlines just a few weeks away, planning ahead and trading Parker ensures you that you will at least give yourself some roster flexibility.
Less tread on his tires
Parker is now 31 years old and playing in his 13th NBA season. Not only has he played 914 regular season games, but he’s also played in 173 playoff games for the Spurs — the equivalent of more than two full seasons of games. Those totals don’t even include the hundreds of games he’s played for France during international competition. All that court time — not unlike the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant or the Heat’s Dwyane Wade — seems to be wearing on Parker at this stage in his career. He received an MRI on Thursday which revealed inflammation in his groin. A much better diagnosis than what was originally thought to be a sports hernia, but a groin injury is still serious stuff and has the tendency to linger. He’s also dealt with a reoccurring shin bruise that has caused him to miss three games this season. His stats are great as always, and he was just selected to participate in his sixth All-Star Game, but due to his mounting injuries, as well as coach Gregg Popovich’s tendency to rest his stars down the stretch, now is the perfect time to trade him to an unsuspecting team.
Parker is returning top-100 value
Parker can offer a lot to another fantasy basketball owner who is in need of specific categories. He is averaging 18.1 points and 6.2 assists per game, plus he’s shooting an outstanding 50.9 percent from the floor and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. Those are appealing numbers, which can help any fantasy team. Lost amid those shiny stats is the fact he is incredibly deficient in a few categories, namely 3-pointers and steals, where he is averaging just 0.5 each per game, respectively. He has always lacked numbers from long distance (0.4 per game in his career) and in steals (0.9 per game in his career) and will continue to hover around those averages for the remainder of the season. Right now, Parker ranks 89th on Basketball Monster.com’s player rater.
Make your move… now
Since he started dealing with his numerous injuries, Parker’s statistics have taken a noticeable downturn. He sat out last Sunday’s game against the Bucks and followed that up with a 37-point performance vs. the Thunder, but in the four games since, he’s averaging just 14.8 points — on 44.2 percent shooting from the floor — with 6.0 assists, 1.3 rebounds and below-average secondary stats. At this stage in his career, Parker isn’t going to improve much from years past, but injuries — and a genius they call Pop — will only cause harm to his fantasy value. Offering him in a trade could prove to be very wise. He could garner you a top player or two in return just on name alone. Act now, because waiting until he further aggravates his injury will diminish the value of the return package you could receive.