(born ) is a French professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years in the French basketball league before entering the 2001 NBA draft.
Employing his pace and high field goal percentage to great effect, Parker has been named to six NBA All-Star games, three All-NBA Second Teams, and an All-NBA Third Team. Playing for the France national basketball team, Parker was named as the Euro Basket 2013 MVP following his team's victory over Lithuania (80–66) At first, Parker was more interested in soccer, but after watching the evolution of Michael Jordan into a global basketball superstar during summer trips to his father's native city of Chicago, he changed his mind.
In the summer of 2000, Parker was invited to the Nike Hoop Summit in Indianapolis.
There, in front of professional scouts and college coaches, he competed against the likes of future NBA players Darius Miles, Zach Randolph and Omar Cook.
In a contest between the American and European All-Stars, Parker recorded 20 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals.
As it happened, Parker's name was barely mentioned in the pre-draft predictions and the point guard was drafted 28th overall by the Spurs on draft day.
Parker increased the Spurs' game tempo, getting his teammates better looks at the basket whenever he was involved in transition offense.
He could also hit open jump shots, and this created greater space for the big men on the team, Tim Duncan and David Robinson.
Before the 2001 NBA draft, Parker was invited to the San Antonio Spurs' summer camp.
Parker's first experiences were daunting; coach Gregg Popovich had him play against Spurs scout and ex-NBA player Lance Blanks.