Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs (©GettyImages)
Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs (©GettyImages).

Tony Parker named European Player of the Year

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Frenchman Tony Parker has been named the European Player of the Year for 2013 after brilliant performances for both the San Antonio Spurs and France - FIBA broke the news of the award on their website earlier today,

31-year old Parker led his home nation of France to gold in the European Championships and also marched his San Antonio Spurs to the NBA Finals, only to come just short of another NBA title, losing 4-3 in a best of seven series to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

"For many years Tony Parker has been a great ambassador for the sport of basketball and it is therefore fitting to see a player of his fine caliber rewarded in this manner for what was indeed a magical 2013," said FIBA Europe acting president Cyriel Coomans.

Parker now becomes a two-time recipient of the Euroscar after being selected for the award back in 2007.

The all-time record holder for the European Player of the Year award belongs to the Dallas Mavericks own Dirk Nowitzki, the German forward has lifted the trophy six times in his professional basketball career.

Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs take on the Charlotte Bobcats next in North Carolina on Sunday evening.

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