The last one standing from the San Antonio Spurs' championship trio has hung up his sneakers at long last. On Monday, Tony Parker has announced that he his retiring from the NBA after 18 seasons. The French point guard will leave the league with four championship rings and numerous memorable moments. Here are seven of those moments that Spurs fans will never, ever forget.
7. Buzzer-beater Against OKC
Parker started the 2012-13 season with a bang. In the first game of the season against the Pelicans, he hit a go-ahead three with 50 seconds left. He then topped himself in the second game, hitting a game-tying three and a buzzer-beating game winner against a Thunder team that had eliminated the Spurs from the playoffs the year prior.
6. Teardrop Game-winner Against 76ers
This is one of those moments you just can't forget. With the game all tied up against the 76ers, Parker initially found Manu Ginobili in the corner for what would have been his 11th assist for the game. Unfortunately Ginobili clanked the shot-- but Parker was in the right place to get the board and threw up a turnaround jumper that went sky-high before dropping in.
5. Career-High 55 Points
In a double-overtime thriller against the Timberwolves in 2008, Parker put up one of his greatest individual performances. He went on to set his career high in points with 55 to go along with 10 assists to complete a huge double-double. However, his impact went beyond that. With 2.5 seconds left in the first overtime, Parker hit the game-tying bucket to force double-OT. He then tacked on another seven points in the second extra period to secure the win.
4. First Title in 2003
In just his second season, Parker was brought to the big stage. He had to go head-to-head with a prime-era Jason Kidd and held his own on to win his first championship. In the Finals, Parker average 14 points and 4.2 assists. Not bad for a 20-year-old.
3. Buzzer-beater Over LeBron James
The Miami Heat were coming off of their first Finals win after cruising by the Thunder the previous year. However, they faced a much tougher opponent in 2013. The Spurs stole Game 1 in Miami thanks to Parker's 21 points and one incredible buzzer-beater. He was able to somehow keep his dribble alive with LeBron James hounding him, and banked in a prayer to put the game away.
2. Revenge Against The Heat
While Parker played some of his best basketball in the 2013 NBA Finals, a miracle shot by Ray Allen in Game 6 eventually led to the Spurs' doom. However, Parker and the Spurs didn't keep their head down. Despite suffering one the most devastating series losses imaginable, the team came back with a vengeance and took care of the Heat in just five games in the 2014 NBA Finals. While Kawhi Leonard was the breakout star of the show, Parker still led the team in scoring with 18 points per game along with 4.6 assists.
1. Finals MVP in 2007
The 2007 NBA Finals was a lopsided matchup. 22-year-old LeBron James had no business competing with the Spurs, and Parker made sure of it. With Tim Duncan playing his first Finals past the age of 30, Parker picked up his game in a big way. For the series, he averaged 24.5 points while shooting 56.8% from the field on his way to a Finals MVP award.