Tim Duncan is probably the most accomplished player of the San Antonio Spurs.
Since he came into the league in 1997, the Spurs have instantly become perennial title contenders, never missed the playoffs, and have won a total of four NBA championships, including three over the last decade with Duncan as top dog.
In this edition of ESPN’s 5-on-5 roundtable, bloggers and writers were asked:
Who’s the best power forward of all time?
Here is what they have to say:
Brian Godfrey: Karl Malone. What is the name of the position? POWER forward. I doubt any player in the history of the NBA kept himself in better shape and had more power than The Mailman. He dominated with the “hammer dunk” and is the second all-time scorer in the history of the league.
Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: Tim Duncan. But I feel a tiny bit dirty. If Kevin Garnett had played alongside David Robinson and under Gregg Popovich and owner Peter Holt, maybe Garnett would be the one with the better jewelry collection. As for the legends in this conversation (Kevin McHale, Bob Pettit, Charles Barkley, Dave DeBusschere, Karl Malone, Elvin Hayes), to my eyes, Duncan and Garnett are just longer, stronger, faster and better.
Justin DeFeo, Nets Are Scorching: I’m choosing Tim Duncan as the best PF of all time. At his best, he could do everything on the basketball court, but it’s his humbleness and willingness to be coached that allowed his San Antonio Spurs team to be one of the best, if not the best, in the past decade.
Rahat Huq, Red94: Tim Duncan — you can’t argue against results. Still, few have been greeted by greener pastures than Duncan in San Antonio in ’97 and that veteran, ready-made bunch. One wonders upon which course history might have embarked had Timmy gone to a true lotto club or at least one without management so capable of restocking the cupboard.
Bret LaGree, Hoopinion: Bob Pettit might have a peak argument, but Karl Malone had a two-MVP peak, as well, and no power forward’s career can match Malone in averaging 25 and 10 (and 3½ assists) over 19 seasons.
Majority of the writers picked Duncan which was not surprising, all the players that was mentioned deserved some recognition too.
However, based on career accomplishments and clutch plays none of these players can compare to Duncan and it’s not even close.
Malone have never won an NBA title.
Garnett have not won a championship until he joined forces with Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in Boston.
Duncan on the other hand, have already won four NBA titles, each with different supporting casts while winning two season MVPs and three Finals MVPs along the way.