Fun exercise: Add up San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker's regular season minutes, playoff minutes and international minutes. It's at least 7,517, and that's not including the time he's logged with France.Â
Parker addressed his availability in the 2014 World Cup at media day. Suffice to say, he's likely going to take a backseat next offseason.
Via Project Spurs' Michael De Leon:Â
Parker: Not definitive that he is missing worlds but 95 percent sure
â€” Michael De Leon (@mdeleon) September 30, 2013
The good news: Parker's per minute numbers have gradually increased each season, despite the wear and tear his body is accumulating. The NBA is an exhausting sport, and the San Antonio Spurs require Parker to loop around several screens, oftentimes in the same possession, to generate offense. The Spurs scored 4.9 points per 100 possessions more with Parker on the floor last season, per NBA.com/Stats; their offense, without their primary catalyst, is merely average.
Rest is imperative, to say the least.