Parker Headlines All Tournament Team

22 September 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

EuroBasket 2013 All Tournament Team: Tony Parker (France), Linas Kleiza (Lithuania), Marc Gasol (Spain), Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia), Goran Dragic (Slovenia)
Tony Parker heads the All Tournament team, gaining MVP honours as well after leading France to their first-ever EuroBasket gold medal

One of the most prolific players in the history of European basketball departs Slovenia on Monday with the medal he dreamed of all his life and an individual award he deserved throughout his decorated career.

Tony Parker, France's leader over the past decade, was named as the EuroBasket 2013 MVP following his team's victory over Lithuania in the gold medal game on Sunday, a historical first title for the Gallic nation.

The 31-year-old point guard finished as the tournament's top scorer with 19.7 points-per-game on an amazing 52.6% field goal percentage and also dished out 3.3 assists-per-night on average, earning himself the MVP award which was presented by Tissot.

Parker, who had already claimed a EuroBasket bronze in 2005 and silver in 2011, delivered his best performance in Slovenia in the semi-final against Spain to inspire an epic French comeback that culminated in a 75-72 victory in overtime.

The EuroBasket 2013 MVP had a tournament-high 32 points on 11-for-19 from the floor and added six rebounds and two steals.

Goran Dragic joins Parker on the guard spots on the EuroBasket 2013 All Tournament Team.

The Slovenian playmaker fuelled the home nation's run to fifth place as he averaged a tournament fourth-best 15.8 points-per-game, and dished out a third-best 4.5 assists-per-encounter.

Bojan Bogdanovic finished as the tournament's second-top scorer behind Parker as he averaged 17.4 points-per-game, also adding 4.1 rebounds on average.

The mercurial displays of the 24-year-old winger inspired Croatia's eight-game winning streak that saw them reach the semi-finals of EuroBasket 2013 and earned him the small forward spot on the All Tournament Team.

Linas Kleiza played at the power forward position throughout the entire tournament and he was voted as the best in this position by the accredited media and experts who took part in the vote.

The charismatic Lithuanian forward could not avert his team's loss in the final but collected a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the semi-final against Croatia.

Kleiza averaged 11.4 points and five rebounds-per-game in Slovenia.

The center spot on the All Tournament Team is reserved for Marc Gasol, who dominated the tournament with his all-round play in the paint.

The big man led Spain in scoring, with 13.9 points-per-game, in rebounds with 7.8 boards-per-encounter and also dished out 2.2 assists on average.

Gasol powered the Iberian side to the conquest of the bronze medal and his 32-point display in the Second Round game against Italy is a joint tournament-high, along with Parker's semi-final performance.


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