Though it’ll be defined as a promotion, the San Antonio Spurs are simply getting their starting point guard back to the active roster. The club announced on Wednesday it has recalled Tony Parker from the Austin Spurs of the G League.
A week ago, the veteran point guard was sent to Austin to rehab a torn quadriceps. Parker, who’s entering his 17th year in the association — all with the Spurs — suffered the injury during Game 2 of the second round of the postseason against the Houston Rockets. With a timetable originally set for January, it’s safe to say that Parker’s recovery time has dwindled in a hurry.
In the wake of Parker’s absence, it’s been second-year point guard Dejounte Murray, the No. 29 pick out of Washington, who has earned the start in all seven games this season.
The 21-year-old guard is pouring in 8.7 points per game while his 3.7 assists lead the team. Murray, who started eight of his 38 appearances as a rookie last season, is posting a 13.2 PER through the first few weeks of the season.
Not to be outdone, Patty Mills is also seeing a large portion of time. The 29-year-old received a career-high 21.9 minutes per game a season ago, adding 9.5 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 board per contest.
Parker is coming off a subpar year in contrast to some of his other campaigns, as the 35-year-old notched 10.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and 4.5 assists.
The Spurs, who started the year 4-0, are on a three-game losing streak. San Antonio is back in action on Thursday to play the Golden State Warriors.