Why Duncan is one of the Greatest of All time?


Even if it is subject for constant debate, there is no doubt in my mind that Tim Duncan is the Greatest Power Forward of All-time.

Tim Duncan is not only the Greatest Power Forward of All-time, he also deserves to be mentioned as of one the Game's best regardless of position.

Some writers and blogging brothers might contest this fact, but it’s plain and simple; You can’t argue with results.

Unlike most of his peers being compared to him, Duncan has already won four NBA championships in his illustrious career, including three in the past decade.

Karl Malone had John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, Byron Russell and a bunch a competent role players but couldn’t get it done.

The Timberwolves tried to surround Kevin Garnett with players like Terry Porter, Stephon Marbury, Terell Brandon, Joe Smith and later paired KG with Wally Szczerbiak, Sam Cassell, Troy Hudson and Latrell Sprewell but still failed.

Garnett won his first and only NBA title in 2008, when he was shipped out to Boston to form an instant “Big Three” with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

Many would be quick to point out that Duncan was lucky to join a veteran laden team, the San Antonio Spurs and be guided by one of the most respected big man in the NBA — David Robinson during his rookie season.

While that might helped Duncan to have a smoother transition than most of his colleagues at the time, one couldn’t argue his greatness.

The Big Fundamental gave the Spurs an instant offensive weapon in the paint as he averaged 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 blocks while shooting more than 54 percent from the field in his first year and had almost identical numbers in San Antonio’s first championship run in 1999.

In 2003, Duncan turned out perhaps one of the best NBA Finals performance in history to lead San Antonio to its second NBA crown while helping Robinson retire as a champion.

In 2005 and 2007, the Spurs won their third and fourth titles this time with the help of an Argentine named Manu Ginobili and a French point guard Tony Parker, forming San Antonio’s “Big Three”.

Some would say that had Duncan landed on another team and didn’t get the kind of supporting casts he had, his career wouldn’t be as decorated as it is now.

There maybe be some truth to that notion, the Spurs after all is a well-run organization and one is of best in the league.

But the truth remains that Duncan is a great player, leader and teammate. While others can only claim on “what ifs” Duncan has succeeded, and had done it for real with flying colors.

Sure, Ginobili and Parker are great players, but they were not superstars when they entered the league. Duncan allowed them to evolve within the system, for the Spurs to stay competitive.

On top of that, he never had an argument with the only coach (Gregg Popovich) he has played for in the NBA and even took a pay cut just to keep their core intact back in 2007.

He is also active in the community and tries his best to be role model for young kids who aspire to play basketball in the future.

For that, Duncan shouldn’t be confined to his position being known as the Greatest Power Forward of All-time. Instead, he deserves to be discussed as one of the best players to ever play the game.

What are your thoughts? Is Duncan one of the Greatest of All-time? Tell us what you think.

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10 thoughts on “Why Duncan is one of the Greatest of All time?

  1. Garnett being compared to Duncan is a travesty! Duncan is the best PF of All time in the NBA no question and I could eve argue that he had a better career than SHAQ.

  2. Without a doubt, Tim Duncan is the greatest PF of all time and definitely one of the best big men to play the game. Nice write up Robby, keep it up!

  3. I know a lot writers out there think that had KG and Duncan switched teams, KG will be the Greatest PF of All time, but that’s baseless and purely hypothetical.

    Garnett is not as good as Duncan at crunch time and he always celebrate with a chest pound when he hits a big shot, then most of the time came up short in the end.

    Duncan is the best PF of All time you can bet on that, I also agree with Jason Drew that Duncan had a better career and accomplishments than Shaquille.

  4. Robby

    Timmy ranks up there no doubt about it ! But it’s hard to make those continued players from the past to the present comparisons but the deciding factor that tends to given an argument credence are the championships won . And that’s where he has the upper hand .

    Speaking of which who’s the better PG ? Sarah Palin or Glen Rice ? Have you heard the alleged rumor that she had ” a one night stand” with the former NBA’er ? See link provided …………….. Twitter Still Buzzing Over Glen Rice’s Fling with Sarah Palin

    If pressed to answer about the incident ……….. I guess she can retort ” I’ve seen Glen’s balls up close and personal” .. rather than being able to see Russia from her window ?

    So Bristol Palin isn’t the only “freak “ who likes to get “ their swerve on “ in the family !

    I guess there’s something to be said Palin and love of balls or whatever !

  5. The question was brought up earlier this year and it seems that Tim is the number one PF of all time. Past or present it really doesn’t matter, I’am pretty sure his peers would also agree to that. I believe KG would agree to that too, knowing how Tim tormented him while he was in Minn., that’s why he had to move on to the East Coast. Whether people try to logically say Tim had the better players surrounding him it doesn’t matter, Minn had the same chance to do that for KG. Now let’s not even go into Stats or Acculates Tim would still be the better man there. Seen to many SAS and Minn games because of the battles that were going to be bwteen Tim and KG, and Tim prevailed most of the times. I forgot to thank you Robbin for bring a lite to Johnny Moore one of my all time favorite SAS players. The Link to watch Gordon Hayward video is on Pounding the rock “Fanshot” if you can find it your’e watching a poor man Manu.

  6. Duncan is hands down the best Power Forward of all time and I even ranked him ahead of Shaq or Olajuwon when it comes to Greatest big men of all time, my list will look like this.

    1. Bill Russel

    2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar

    3. Wilt Chamberlain

    4. Tim Duncan

    5. Shaq

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