Tim Duncan: The Most Under appreciated player in the all time top 10 by Courtney Yates @phranchize19
In a world where Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time and players like Kobe and LeBron dominate as far as fan bases are concerned, there's always that guy that does great that no one ever discusses. That player is Tim Duncan. Duncan is easily a top 10 all time player but is often overlooked by many basketball fans. Duncan won't wow you with dunks, he won't shoot the lights out from deep but what he does do is what everyone wants to do: win. Tim Duncan is a proven winner and his trophy case will show you that. One of the two best players in the Post Jordan-Pre LeBron era, Tim Duncan quietly continues to get it done with consistency, fundamentals, and hard work. This is the resume of this once in a generation talent:
- #21 retired at Wake Forest University
- 2x Consensus NCAA All-American First Team (96-97)
- 3x NABC Defensive Player of the Year (95-97)
- 2x ACC Player of the Year (96-97)
- Sporting News Player of the Year (97)
- Naismith College Player of the Year (97)
- USBWA College Player of the Year (97)
- John Wooden Award (97)
- NABC Player of the Year (97)
- Adolph Rupp Trophy winner (97)
As you can see, Duncan dominated college basketball and was clearly one of the most sought after talents in the world. In the summer of 1997, it was widely known that Duncan was going to be the first overall pick. The question remained: which team would have the first overall pick? With the luck of the ping pong balls, the San Antonio Spurs won the right to the first overall pick. Little did they know they would be drafting a legend.
Duncan made an immediate impact during his rookie season. With a stat line of 21.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.7 APG while shooting 55% from the field. This was simply incredible, especially seeing as he played alongside another great big in David Robinson. After two seasons in the NBA,Duncan achieved every NBA players' dream: becoming an NBA champion. Not only did Duncan accomplish this feat at a rapid pace, he won the prestigious NBA finals MVP award. After this win, David Robinson would retire and hand the reigns of the San Antonio Spurs to Duncan, who would Becker a mainstay in the organization. This is the NBA resume of Tim Duncan:
- 4x NBA Champion
- 3x NBA Finals MVP (99, 2003, 2005)
- 2x NBA MVP (02,03)
- NBA Rookie of the year
- NBA All Rookie First Team (1998)
- 14x NBA All Star
- 10x All NBA First Team Member(1998-2005), 2007, 2013)
- 3x All NBA Second Team Member (2006, 08-09)
- All NBA Third Team Member (2010)
- NBA All-Star MVP (2000)
- 8x All Defensive First Team (1999-2003, 2005, 2007-08)
- 6x All Defensive Second Team (1999-2003, 2005, 2007-08)
- NBA Shooting Stars Champion (2008)
- 2x FIBA Gold Medal winner
Not many players can say they have touched this resume nor the consistency Duncan has had. Duncan has outlasted so many great big men (Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett just to name a few) and is still standing tall. Although Duncan's career is experiencing its twilight years, these three things are accurate:
Duncan is the best power forward of all time.
Duncan is one of the two players that defined his generation.
Duncan is one of the ten greatest basketball players of all time.
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