Tony Parker on joining the Spurs as the 28th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft: “Being drafted at the top really wasn’t one of my goals”

Tony Parker
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Tony Parker opened up about his feelings when he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 28th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft.

The Spurs and NBA legend said he did not have a problem with that, as he did not want to be among the top picks.

“Being drafted at the top really wasn’t one of my goals. Not at all. Look at Frank Ntilikina. He was drafted eighth. He was a top French player and look what team he plays for. I didn’t want that.

Being drafted by a good team at the end of the first round gives you a couple of years to make your way, like I did in Paris after Sciarra. I know the NBA history really well.

I know how it works if you’re chosen at the top. It can take four years before being traded to a good team. That wasn’t for me. I play basketball to win titles and didn’t want to lose four or five years of my career,” Parker wrote in his book “Beyond All of My Dreams”, per HoopsHype, via Eurohoops.net.

Parker spent 17 years with the Spurs and won four NBA titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2014).