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The Spurs recovered soon enough, and approached the All-Star break ranked second in the Conference.
With Parker averaging a career-high in points per game, he was named as a reserve for the 2009 All-Star game.
The Spurs had attempted and failed to acquire New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd, but Parker told coach Popovich that he wanted to be San Antonio's starting point guard.
However, Parker struggled in the Finals series against the Detroit Pistons.
In the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Parker averaged 20.1 points and 6.8 assists as the Spurs swept through the first two rounds, defeating the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers.
In the Western Conference Finals the Spurs faced the young Oklahoma City Thunder.
In this series, Parker consistently outplayed his Cavaliers counterparts Daniel Gibson and All-Defensive Team member Larry Hughes and scored a series-high 24.5 points, accompanied by a high field goal percentage of 56.8% and of 57.1% from three-point range."When there is talk about the best point guards, sometimes they don't talk about me. They can talk about Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Deron Williams and Chris Paul.
I still have the most rings." The Spurs finished third in the Western Conference and faced the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
However, the top-seeded Spurs were again unable to win back-to-back titles as they were eliminated in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks.He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 28th overall pick in the draft and quickly became their starting point guard.Parker has won four NBA Championships (2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014), all of which were with the Spurs.With his pace and high field goal percentage, Parker has been named to six NBA All-Star games, three All-NBA Second Teams, and an All-NBA Third Team. A severe injury to his left quadriceps tendon in Game 2 in the second round of the 2017 playoffs ended his season.Playing for the French national team, Parker was named MVP of Euro Basket 2013 following his team's victory over Lithuania At first, Parker was more interested in football, but after watching the evolution of Michael Jordan into a global basketball superstar during summer trips to his father's native city of Chicago, he changed his mind.