Does San Antonio Spurs Forward Tim Duncan Deserve to Be in MVP Talks?

By Dan Parzych
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No matter how old some of their veterans get, the San Antonio Spurs always seem to be strong contenders in the Western Conference year after year and one of the main reasons behind their success is because of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan. The 36-year-old Duncan is having another phenomenal season with the Spurs as the team currently holds the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference with a 33-11 record.

With these factors in mind, does Duncan deserve to be in the talks for the MVP award?

There are plenty of other names like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James that seem to have an edge over Duncan at this point in the season, but it’s difficult to ignore just exactly what the forward has accomplished for the Spurs this season. Not only is he coming off another strong performance against the Philadelphia 76ers in which he recorded 24 points to go along with 17 rebounds, but he’s averaging 17.5 points to go along with 9.8 rebounds per game so far this season–which is impressive for any player around his age.

Once again, the Spurs will find themselves in the position during the second half of the regular season to compete for one of the top seeds in the Western Conference and with the type of talent they have on their roster–there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to. However, the main question will be whether or not Duncan deserves to be in the talks for MVP–which he should be if he keeps things up.

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