Tim Duncan: Greatest Power Forward Ever

5/29/13 in NBA   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

A friend and I were having a discussion the other day relating to the top NBA players in the history of the game. Not shockingly, Michael Jordan took the cake. 

But then we delved a little deeper. We started going through each position. Point guard? Magic? Maybe. Center? Bill Russell? Shaquille? Chamberlain? Kareem? 

There are many options at each position, as you might have guessed. However, we believe we found one clear-cut, definitive position where there is no debate. At least not an endless one. 

in 1999, the San Antonio spurs drafted Tim Duncan with the 1st overall pick out of Wake Forest - and in the 50-game season, the Spurs used the combination of Duncan and David Robinson, the Twin Towers, to dominate the postseason and defeat the New York Knicks in the Finals the last time they were relevant. 

Blog Photo - Tim Duncan: Greatest Power Forward EverDuncan, including '99, has only taken home an MVP, 3 Finals MVP's and 4 championship rings for a franchise that had not won anything before he settled on the River Walk. In his 15 professional season, Duncan has put together quite the resume, and he's done it all against very stiff competition. 

One might say Karl Malone should be at the top of this list. Malone was never able to lead his team to the promised land. Duncan has four times over. 

The Spurs are set to make their fifth Finals appearance in franchise history. They've won the previous four. Gregg Popovich, the top coach in the NBA, has repeatedly hinted that once Duncan calls it quits, Pop may hang up his dress shoes and sport coat for the finer things in life. This duo could go down as the greatest of all time. At least comparable to Jordan and Phil Jackson, Russell and Aurerbach, Magic and Pat Riley. 

Even with a dip in minutes, production across the board over the last three seasons, Duncan was an All-NBA First teamer this year. He was an All-star. And he now has another opportunity, the first since 2007, to be champion once again. 

The top Power Forward in the history of the game is right before our eyes, and if we are too spoiled to watch basketball the way the game is supposed to be played, you just aren't a true fan. 

20 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.2 blocks & 51% FG over the course of his 15-year career. And he's still got more in the tank - just watch him play and you might not realize he's actually 37 years young.  
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5/29/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

AJ_88 wrote:
I'll give you that Duncan's first title in '99 was easier....but then Kobe/Shaq went on a threepeat, then SA won again. then detroit won. then SA again. then miami. then SA again....i mean it wasn't like they were competing against jerry's kids.

Jerry's kids? Of course not. But none of those teams mentioned would stand a chance in a 7 game series against the Bulls.

5/29/13   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

I'll give you that Duncan's first title in '99 was easier....but then Kobe/Shaq went on a threepeat, then SA won again. then detroit won. then SA again. then miami. then SA again....i mean it wasn't like they were competing against jerry's kids.

5/29/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

The only thing I'll say regarding the comparison with Malone and Duncan is, Duncan never had to face Jordan's Bulls. Everything became a lot easier for teams to win titles once the Bulls dynasty was officially over. It would have been an interesting Finals in 99 had the Bulls stayed together and made it back to face Duncan's Spurs.

5/29/13   |   gsbayer   |   6 respect

Tim Duncan is a phenomenon - who else has stayed in the NBA for as long as has with the same team, healthy and putting up the numbers he does.

Here's to SA beating Miami in 6.