Anthony Parker— The Michael Jordan of EuroLeague to underrated Raptor
While his stint with the Raptors was relatively short, Anthony Parker still left his mark.
His journey here was certainly unique. After failing to make an impression on an NBA roster in the late 1990s as a first-round draft pick, Parker spent the next six years excelling in the EuroLeague, winning a championship as well as two MVP awards.
That’s all well and good, but as we all know, NBA competition is a lot stiffer. Could the Michael Jordan of the EuroLeague translate his success to the NBA, at the ripe age of 31?
Turns out he could.
During his tenure with the team, Parker was a double-digit scorer, shooting 42 per cent from three (he owns two of the five-best three-point shooting seasons in Raptors history) as well as providing solid defense. He was almost always available, playing in 235 of a possible 246 games over three seasons in Toronto.
In the end, Parker more than proved he belonged in the NBA, playing a big role in the team’s first-ever Atlantic Division title in 2007.