Commentary

Best of the Euroleague and NBA: Anthony Parker

Originally Published: May 2, 2008
By Ian Whittell | Special to ESPN.com

Click the pics below to read the bios of our top 12 Euroleague/NBA stars.

Bradley
Bradley
McAdoo
McAdoo
Wilkins
Wilkins
Szczerbiak
Szczerbiak
Sabonis
Sabonis
Petrovic
Petrovic
Divac
Divac
Kukoc
Kukoc
Radja
Radja
Ginobili
Ginobili
Parker
Parker
Scola
Scola

Anthony Parker
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Anthony Parker
Toronto Raptors

It took Parker six years and thousands of air miles to return to the NBA, but the Raptors are now benefiting from the time he spent in Europe developing his game.

More on Parker
Born: June 19, 1975
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
Playing height/weight: 6-6, 215

Career: 1997-present
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Quad City Thunder, Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel), Virtus Roma (Italy), Maccabi Tel Aviv, Toronto Raptors

Limited to 55 games in three seasons with the 76ers and Magic after graduating from Bradley University, Parker took the bold step of moving to Europe in an attempt to rebuild his reputation in 2000. He spent five of the next six seasons with the legendary Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv; the other season he spent with Virtus Roma in Italy.

In five years with Maccabi, Parker won five national titles, five national cups, two Euroleague titles and one Suproleague title. He played a major role on that Maccabi team and won back-to-back Euroleague MVPs in 2005 and 2006, as well as the Euroleague Final Four MVP in 2004.

His most significant basket, however, may have come in an exhibition game. In October 2005, his buzzer-beating shot gave Maccabi a 105-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. And, by the following summer, he himself was wearing a Raptors uniform.

Photo credits: (l-r) Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images, Claus Andersen/Getty Images

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Ian Whittell covers basketball for The Times of London.