Gregg Popovich has stated his firm belief that Spurs All-Star point guard Tony Parker “should be in every conversation for any award that’s going to be given. There’s a group of guys, but he should be in that group.” Of course, the Most Valuable Player award encompasses the entirety of a player’s game, and Parker last season finished fifth in official voting. He ranks somewhere in the top five in most of the ongoing rankings of MVP candidates. In light of Popovich’s assertion, here is a look at where Express-News beat writer Mike Monroe believes Parker should rank for most of the awards the NBA will hand out at season’s end: MVP Probable winner: LeBron James, Heat Parker’s probable finish: 4th