Spurs to retire Parker’s number in November

Retired point guard Tony Parker spent 17 seasons with the Spurs and 18 overall in the NBA.

The San Antonio Spurs are retiring Tony Parker‘s No. 9 during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 11, the team announced in a press release.

Parker, 37, retired in June following 18 years, the first 17 of which were spent with the Spurs. He played for the Charlotte Hornets in his final season.

Parker was the 28th overall pick in the 2001 draft and debuted with the Spurs that fall. He spent 17 seasons with the franchise, becoming a regular All-Star alongside the likes of Duncan and Ginobili, and under coach Gregg Popovich.

During his run with the Spurs, Parker won four championships and was selected as Finals MVP in 2007.

“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker told The Undefeated. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”

Parker averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists for his career. A native of France, he appeared in 226 playoff games and averaged 18.9 points and 5.1 assists.

He will become the 10th player in Spurs history to have his number retired — joining Bruce Bowen (12), Tim Duncan (21), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44), Manu Ginobili (20), Avery Johnson (6), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50) and James Silas (13).