There is no question that Tony Parker is one of the best international basketball players of all-time. His shooting, his leadership, his winning mentality, and the way he handles situations on and off the court for both the San Antonio Spurs and the French National Team make him a special player.
Fadeaway World brings you an interesting stat about his career, as he now leads the NBA in consecutive playoff appearances since his rookie year; the most among active NBA players.
The 35-year old point guard has played 16 years in the NBA and has never missed the postseason once. This shows both how great the Spurs play under Gregg Popovich, making the playoffs every year, but also how Parker is always healthy and ready to go for the playoffs. Manu Ginobili, who has played for many years next to Tony Parker, could have been second on that list with 15 appearances, but he missed the 2008-2009 postseason due to an injury.
In detail, these six players top the consecutive (every year of their career) playoff appearances list:
Kawhi Leonard has made the playoffs six consecutive times with the Spurs and has always been healthy and ready to go, while James Harden (OKC + Rockets) and J.J Redick (Magic + Bucks + Clippers) have made it 8 and 11 times respectively. With Redick’s move to Philadelphia, Harden could jump to second place if the Sixers don’t make the playoffs.
Other notable names such as Tim Duncan and LeBron James -- who could have been on the same list -- have missed the playoffs at least once in their career. Tim Duncan due to an injury in the 1999-2000 postseason and LeBron James in his first two seasons with the Cavaliers as his team could not advance to the playoffs, missing the top 8.