From the day he entered the league Tim Duncan has been the kind of guy that stands out, well because he doesn’t stand out. He is the best powerforward to ever play the game, but try not to tell him about it, because he would prefer to remain lowkey He comes to work everyday, doesn’t complain doesn’t make headlines, just performs on a consistant basis every single night. Duncan has been a winner since his first year in the league, when he orchestrated what, at the time, was the largest single-season turnaround in NBA history. Tim Duncan is his era’s greatest big man, sure Shaq was more dominant, but domination does not always equal greatness. Tim Duncan is what every powerforward should strive to be, he never had any huge shoe contracts he never did any commercials, he was a basketball player. He doesn’t growl and bark and call people cancer patients, he plays basketball.
Duncan has amassed incredible individual accolades along the way, including eleven trips to the All-Star game, two NBA MVP’s, 12 All-NBA teams and twelve All-Defensive Teams. He is a threat on the offensive end with his underrated passing skills, and he terrorizes offenses on the defensive end with his rebounding and blocking skills. He has transfromed his game from an eager yet consistent and dominant rookie to a polished superstar without changing his demeanor or approach. In his career he has averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds, and 3 assist, he is a walking double double night in and night out. He has over 10,000 rebounds, and over 2,000 blocked shots. When someone asked him what he thought about his achievments Timmy said “it just means I’m getting older”. He single handedly changed a struggling franchise to one of the top franchises in the NBA.
He has carried inferior supporting casts to actual championships, and is one of the greatest players of this generation. Duncans biggest asset is the way he comes through in the clutch where he really excels, and opens up his offensive reputoire. Malone would settle for tossing up turnaround jumpers over his right shoulder from the left box whereas Duncan reaches into his bag of tricks.
Tim Duncan should be considered in the NBA’s top 15 players to ever play the game. I say this because half of the game of basketball is played on the defensive end, where too many players overlook steady defense. Too many players go for the flashy steals and blocks, while these may look good on sportscenter too many times the steals are missed which leads to an open shot. The argument can be made that Tim Duncan isn’t a true powerforward and that he played center for much of his career. Yes in college he did play center, but for the majority of his career he has played powerforward, most players change positions through their career (the triangle offense requires that on a regular basis). Duncan has become the epitome of what a basketball player should be, we’ve seen this man grow up right before our eyes, yet most of us haven’t even noticed, and Timmy wouldn’t have it any other way.