words // Brandon Richard
Tony Parker just may be the most underrated player in the NBA. Not only does his name not come up much in "Best Player in the League" discussions, but he's often overlooked in top point guard debates. That may be changing with this current playoff run, in which he's emerged as the undisputed leader of the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan is still amazing, but the Spurs go as Parker goes now. If you needed proof, look no further than Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Parker scored four field goals in the Spurs' fourth quarter rally, none bigger than his desperation bank shot to clinch the win with 5.2 second left. On a broken play, Parker fell to the floor, recovered and leaned in for the 16-foot game-winner past LeBorn James. No other way to better describe the shot than "clutch," though Parker gives a little credit to luck.
Back in January, Tony Parker signed on as an endorsement partner with PEAK, a China-based athletic footwear and apparel company. For PEAK, the deal pays off as Parker brings his Team Lightning Player Exclusives to the biggest stage in basketball.
The PEAK Team Lightning features COOLFREE construction, Cushion-3 technology and a solid rubber outsole. Available exclusively in China.
Check out Parker's game-winner above and several shots from last night's game below.