It is arguable that the power forward position is the most important position in the NBA. Dating back to the days of Bill Russell, the power forward position has always been critical in a team’s success.
By anyway measurable, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs is the best power forward we have ever seen. He is also one of the rarest breeds of basketball players that the game itself has ever seen. Duncan, aka The Big Fundamental, is a truly remarkable athlete. Over the years, we have seen him play his humble style of basketball that leaves opponents in the dust.
Even when looking at statistics, Duncan is truly amazing and a double-double machine. The Big Fundamental has career averages of 19.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game.
Duncan is a smart player whose understanding for the game is incomparable to other athletes. During this year’s NBA Finals, Duncan broke the all-time playoff record for double-doubles with 158, passing Magic Johnson.
Year after year, Duncan leaves his mark on history and carries himself like a true professional through it all. He has been in the league for 16 years and helped the Spurs be in Finals contention each year. He is a true team leader and a true team player. He never takes full credit and always attributes his success to his teammates and to his coach, Gregg Popovich. Duncan is without a doubt the best basketball player the league has seen since the days of Michael Jordan. His game is so great, but he sometimes get overlooked due to the fact that his game is completely drama-free.
During his rookie year, Duncan averaged 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and won Rookie of the Year honors. Most importantly, he got better as the years went on. Duncan is a 14-time All-Star, two-time regular season MVP, three-time Finals MVP and now a five-time NBA champion. Not to mention, he still is playing better than ever. His most recent Finals victory over the Miami Heat gave Duncan his fifth NBA ring and should leave all doubts behind. He is the best power forward in NBA History.