8. Tim Duncan
1997-2016 San Antonio Spurs
19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 2.2 BPG
Perhaps the only perceived knock on Duncan’s game was that he was boring. He was known as “The Big Fundamental,” dominating for nearly two decades on both ends of the floor with textbook simplicity, such as his midrange bank shot and perfect position defense. More than anything, Duncan was one of the best winners, leading the Spurs to five titles and 1,001 regular-season victories, the most for any player with one team in NBA history.
Perhaps even more to Spurs fans’ satisfaction, he came in ahead of both of his direct rivals of his era: Shaquille O’Neal (10th) and Kobe Bryant (9th). ESPN writers also released a Q&A session regarding the rankings and discussed topics such as who is overrated, underrated, who will move up in the future, etc, so be sure to check that out as well.
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