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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. 

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Was Tim Duncan the best player of his generation?
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Many believe Duncan was a rare gem.
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Others think Kobe simply outshone him.
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SportsCenter presented some pretty amazing evidence in Duncan's favor.
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That bank shot might not have been glamorous—but it sure was effective.
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For some, the lack of excitement in Duncan's game makes him great, but not the best.
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Numbers don't lie.
FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Was Tim Duncan the best player of his generation?
A festive crown for the winner
#DuncanBestOfHisEra
#DuncanNotBestOfHisEra