Robert Horry better watch himself. He’s talking about the man that got him championships six and seven. Tim Duncan may not have been the flashiest player, but the Big Fundamental’s consistent game will get him into the Hall of Fame.
The 15-time All-Star averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, and three assists per game for his 19-year career. His patented bank shot was impossible to guard, and his 10 All-NBA First Team selections are only behind Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and LeBron James in league history. Plus, he has Olajuwon in the only number that matters—five rings over Dream’s two.
Duncan didn’t skate his way to being the best power forward ever. He earned it through meticulous preparation. His quiet demeanor causes people to overlook him, but Duncan is one of the best NBA players ever.
Olajuwon is a legend, but to discredit Duncan by saying Olajuwon is 20 times better than him is ludicrous. Big Shot Bob must have an axe to grind because Duncan’s career is the stuff of legend. Give me the Big Fundamental any day.
The only people who will say Hakeem Olajuwon wasn’t 20 times better than Tim Duncan are the same people who think Drake is a better rapper than Tupac Shakur. Go eat your avocado toast, and let the real NBA fans talk.
Hakeem Olajuwon was one of the most breathtaking athletes who ever touched the basketball. His footwork was (and maybe still is) second to none, giving the best defenders fits trying to figure him out. He was dominant on both ends of the court, averaging 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 3.1 blocks for his 18-year career. Everything Duncan can do, Olajuwon could do better.
And sometimes, he would do it with an empty stomach. Because of his strict practice of Islam, he would fast during the daylight hours for the month of Ramadan. In February 1995, Olajuwon would win NBA Player of the Month despite Ramadan beginning February 1. See if Tim Duncan could do the same.
Duncan is no doubt a great player, but there was nothing revolutionary about him. He was just incredibly consistent, and had an all-time great coach. Olajuwon was a unicorn in the NBA. He was a seven-footer who ran with guards, outmuscled centers and could dismantle an entire game plan all by himself. His “Dream Shake” move is the stuff of legend, and is often imitated, but never duplicated.
To be honest, Big Rob might have underestimated his initial assessment. Olajuwon is 30 times better than Tim Duncan.