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.
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.