He wasn’t a few years away. He wasn’t the next Dirk. He wasn’t even the next Uwe Blab. He played 172 games for four teams in four NBA seasons, averaging 2.9 points on 30.4 percent shooting. As Eastern European exports go, his success level ranks right around the Yugo.
The tendency of NBA-types to compare tall European players to Nowitzki has slowed over the years, but it has not dissipated entirely. Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen, likely a top-10 pick on Thursday, will get the full Dirk treatment, especially if he is chosen by the Mavericks.
“It’s a major trade-off with him, because offensively, at 7-feet tall, and I think he’s going to turn 20, his ability to shoot the ball is off the charts,” said ESPN draft analyst Fran Fraschilla. “He’s an absolutely 10-plus kid. People I know have just watched a workout earlier in the week, and they’ve raved about him. But the defensive issues are going to be prominent. But he is a kid, he cares. So the comparisons to Dirk are going to be unfair, but it’s going to be there.”
Parker, who has been a cornerstone in San Antonio’s lineup since 2001, is set to make close to $15.5 million next season. His current contract will then end in 2018.
Chris Paul poured gas on already enflamed rumors last week by stating he would consider San Antonio as a possible destination should he choose to leave the Clippers as a free agent Cheap Baseball Jerseys this offseason.
Parker’s injury leaves San Antonio thin in the backcourt. Even though Gregg Popovich will likely add another young point guard in the this month’s draft, like he did with Dejounte Murray last year, the team may want to add another proven veteran to lead the offense.