By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 7, 2014
Tim Duncan was probably not miffed when he was excluded from the All-NBA first team, and so I just felt the need to defend him. The San Antonio Spurs power forward never seems to get enough recognition, but I will also admit that his declining numbers may have had a factor in the voters' decision. In my opinion, there are more important things that go into being a leader, and the bottom line is that Duncan almost always finds a way to win.
You know what they say; you can never underestimate the heart of a champion, which the Miami Heat learned during game 1 of the NBA finals. It could go down in history as the "Cramp Game", but folks also seem to ignore how crisp the Spurs were throughout the fourth quarter.
You might not think that Tim Duncan's numbers are worthy of a first team selection, and I do not mean this piece as a diss to Joakim Noah. However, sometimes a player's value is not only in the numbers, and Duncan fits that mold immensely. He is widely regarded as one of the best teammates in the league; I am not alone in thinking that he would be a lot of fun to play ball with.
Some might call him a center, but that is just logistical. I know that a player's past should not play into the voting; however, the voters should realize at this point that Duncan's value lies in getting his team wins. Last time I checked, the Spurs won home court advantage throughout the playoffs, and you cannot do that without a whole lot of Ws.
Duncan's intelligence is one of his most underrated aspects. A lot of people will point to his fundamentals or his footwork, but this is a player who understands how to get the best out of his teammates. He knows which buttons to push, but he also can sense when his team needs him to take over the game.
The Spurs have been the most maddeningly consistent team in all of basketball ever since Duncan got drafted, and he deserves much more praise than he usually gets nationally. The voters should have rewarded the big man as a result; they just missed out on a potential opportunity.
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