By winstonharris on July 25, 2014
Michael Jordan is the consensus favorite as the greatest basketball player of all-time. His absence caused us to search for the next heir to mesmerize us night after night. What if I told you we missed him because we were looking for the wrong guy. Tim Duncan has quietly put together an impressive resume that is worthy of consideration as the greatest, or at least since M.J. left. Here are five reasons "Timmy" is the best since Jordan.
Michael Jordan was one of the greatest ambassadors of the game and he had a certain type of class that went with it. Tim Duncan, albeit quiet as he is, has the same class in the way he carries himself and respects the game. Duncan's personified perfection on and off the court is just the kind of representation the NBA could only dream of.
Tim Duncan is considered one of the most consistent players in NBA history and is a shoo-in for the hall-of-fame. His stats don't discredit him one bit. His career averages of 19.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game may not be as impressive at first glance as they are when you spread them out over a 17-year career.
Many people can get caught up in the "Airness" of Michael Jordan and miss the reason why he was so great. Anyone who played against Jordan will say he had the perfected the fundamentals better than anyone they ever competed against. Tim Duncan may not have the athletic ability Jordan had, but the "Big Fundamental" is nothing short of perfection in this department.
Since Jordan's departure, you'd be hard pressed to find another player who has been able to stay relevant for so long. Since he doesn't play in the biggest market, have the biggest endorsement deals or the most personality, Tim Duncan might not have gotten the recognition from the general public. But basketball enthusiasts know that what Duncan has done over 17 years is virtually unheard of.
When it is all said and done, the only thing that matters is winning. Tim Duncan has done that and more. Michael Jordan finished his career with six championships and Tim Duncan is just one short of matching the greatest to ever do it. Duncan is the only player ever to start on a championship team in three different decades. If that's not greatness, I don't know what is.
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