The NBA playoffs have been filled with dominating performances by superstar players. Lebron James and Dwayne Wade for Miami. Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo for Boston and Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for San Antonio. However, the most riveting single performance thus far has been that of San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker. I recently wrote that Chris Paul was the best point guard in the NBA. I now amend that and place Paul and Tony Parker on equal footing, with a slight edge going to Parker. Parker's three championships rings separate the two.
Due to his speed and quickness, Parker is a difficult cover for any defender. He has given Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, one of the most athletic guards in the NBA, fits while Westbrook tries to defend him in the Spurs pick and roll offense. Parker is great at using a teammate's pick to allow him to separate from his defender. He is then able to make a basket by shooting a jump shot or taking it close to the basket and finishing with an array of floaters or runners. He is adept with both hands and can finish with either. He is also a master dribbler which allows him to get anywhere on the court he would like.