Many superstar players in the NBA have a legitimate argument for the 2012-13 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. LeBron James is beasting. Kevin Durant is a monster. Chris Paul is unquestionably valuable. However, the player who should win the award is Tony Parker, the speedy Frenchman for the San Antonio Spurs.
James is still the best player in the league. At this point of his career, though, his greatness should be measured in championships — not MVPs. Just like Michael Jordan didn’t win all the MVP awards handed out during his prime, it’s time for James to step aside.
Durant has gotten better and he’s more of a dynamic force than he has ever been during his career. That said, he has a ton of help on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook is also a superstar. Serge Ibaka is an All-Star level talent. The team’s role players are all very talented. Thus, while Durant is great, he’s getting plenty of help.
The Los Angeles Clippers would be in big trouble without Paul — as we’ve seen. But that’s just it: the Clippers have had to play a lot of games without Paul so far this season. MVP award winners need to be on the court to prove their worth.
That leaves Parker at the top of the mountain. He has led the Spurs to the best record in the league. Plus, he has done that despite Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili missing many games due to injury. Additionally, even head coach Gregg Popovich has missed a few contests. Parker has been alone yet he’s having the best season of his career and he has the Spurs playing better than any other team in the NBA.
Congrats, Tony Parker. This year’s NBA MVP should be yours.