Was Tim Duncan the best player of his generation? | The Tylt
After 19 seasons and five NBA titles, Tim Duncan announced his retirement and immediately the ranking began:
Was Duncan the best player of his generation?
FiveThirtyEight says Duncan is "undeniably on the shortlist of the best defenders in basketball history," and that, based on the numbers, "it’s hard to find a modern player with a better combination of offensive and defensive résumés than Duncan." And many who think he's the NBA's most underrated, under-appreciated player want to see the record fixed.
But Duncan's nickname, "The Big Fundamental," in some ways explains why he never achieved the fame of a Shaq or a Kobe: he was consistent and reliable, not flashy, which for some meant to boring (his signature move was, after all, a bank shot). But his fans argue that had he played in a bigger market, Duncan would be ranked among the greats. And for many, his lack of spotlight-grabbing antics only underscored his true greatness.
Numbers, fame, longevity, gamesmanship...so many factors.
What do you think: was #DuncanBestOfHisEra? Or #DuncanNotBestOfHisEra?
Was Tim Duncan the best player of his generation?
Many believe Duncan was a rare gem.
There will be another kobe mj or lebron before there is another tim duncan— Robert Ramsey (@RobRamsey24) July 11, 2016
Others think Kobe simply outshone him.
Tim Duncan played on a good team his whole career... 5 rings! Kobe didn't have a good team from 2004-08 or 2012-2016 5 rings!— King Rxcky VIII (@LilRxck) June 26, 2016
SportsCenter presented some pretty amazing evidence in Duncan's favor.
That bank shot might not have been glamorous—but it sure was effective.
For some, the lack of excitement in Duncan's game makes him great, but not the best.