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Name: Tony Parker  
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Date of Birth: 17th May 1982
Place of Birth: Brugge, Belgium
Profession: Writer
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William Anthony Parker, II (born May 17, 1982 in Bruges, Belgium) is an NBA basketball player, with the San Antonio Spurs, and captain of the French national basketball team.

Parker, although born in Belgium, was raised in France, and is a French citizen. His father was an American professional basketball player and his mother a Dutch model.

Before playing in NBA, Parker played 2 years in the French championship (1999-2001) for the Paris Basket Racing team.

When Parker played against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 30 of 2001, he became the second French player ever to play in an NBA game, the first being Tariq Abdul-Wahad. (Dominique Wilkins was also born in France, but he is a U.S. citizen by birth, and was raised in North Carolina.) Parker is also the youngest member of the Spurs to play in the NBA at 19 years, 6 months and 13 days of age.

Parker, a starting point guard on the team, then helped his team win the 2003 NBA championship, when the Spurs defeated the New Jersey Nets four games to two in the NBA Finals. He has scored a career high of 32 points in a game twice.

As of the end of the 2005 season, Parker has scored 4,404 career points in the NBA, for an average of 14.0 points per game, 1,668 assists for an average of 5.3 per game, and 792 rebounds, for 3.0 rebounds per game.

With the French national basketball team, Tony Parker was a member of the national under 20 team and won the European under 20 championship in 2000, he was elected MVP of the tournament.

With the senior team, Parker has since played the European Championships 2001 and 2003 and became Captain since the 2003 European Championship.

Off the court, Parker is dating actress Eva Longoria; she (a Texas native) has been spotted at several Spurs games, while Parker served as her red carpet companion at the 2005 SAG Awards.

Parker was involved in the Paris bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. His reaction to London's successful bid was:

I don't know what else we could have done. If we don't have it now, I guess we will never get it. The IOC seems to be very pro-Anglo-Saxon. I feel extremely gutted.

Player profile

Parker is one of the quickest players in the NBA and obviously a superb fast break player. In addition, he drives to the basket well, often finishing with his smooth finger-roll layup. His defense is more than decent. In terms of pure playmaking - a skill which requires experience - he still has room for improvement, but in spite of his young age, Parker is already widely lauded as one of the premier point guards in the league.


National Team honours

  • Bronze medal at the 2005 European Championship

Clubs Honours

  • NBA Champion - 2005
  • NBA Champion - 2003
  • French championship rookie of the year - 2001

Junior Honours

  • European under 20 Champion - 2000

Other Information

As of 2005, Tony Parker has also been working on a French hip-hop album with producer Polygrafic (Sound Scientists). After winning his 2005 NBA ring, Tony Parker performed a French rap song in front of 65,000 people. The Point Gaurd has also been dating Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria for several months. Also, contrary to popular belief, Tony Parker can and HAS dunked, though he rarely does so.

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