One of the longest-tenured players in the NBA, six-time All-Star Tony Parker, spent the 2018-19 season with the Charlotte Hornets after an 18-year career with the San Antonio Spurs. But at 37 years old and coming off one of his least-productive seasons ever, he’s decided to hang it up.
According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Parker has decided to retire. The announcement comes after Parker appeared in 56 games with no starts, and an average of less than 18 minutes per game in 2018-19.
Parker was the 28th overall pick by the Spurs in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Paris Basketball Racing. He quickly established himself on the starting roster and started all 82 regular season games in his second year en route to an NBA title.
In 18 seasons at San Antonio, Parker won four NBA Championships, including NBA Finals MVP in the 2007 Finals. He was named to the All-NBA team four times in his career.
He never played fewer than 55 games in a season, and finishes his career having started 1,151 games out of 1,254 games played.
Former #Spurs star @TonyParker tells @TheUndefeated he is retiring from the #NBA after 18 seasons and is “not going to play basketball anymore.” Full interview & details here and on @espn: https://t.co/wMJLWzjZ8N. #Hornets #France #NBAFinals #SanAntonio #Charlotte #Ashvel
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 10, 2019
At the international level, Parker won four medals for France in EuroBasket, including a gold in 2013. As a teenager, he helped France claim gold at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in 2000.
Parker himself took to Twitter to announce his decision.
“It is with great emotion that I put an end to my career. I worked a lot, enormously received, it was an incredible adventure! Even in my wildest dreams, I would never have thought of experiencing these exceptional moments as a team from France and the NBA. Thank you!” he announced.
Suffice it to say, Parker will be a sure-fire Hall of Fame selection when he’s eligible in a few years.