It is my prediction that "The Big Fundamental" will make the NBA finals this year. Although Timmy has had an illustrious career most experts (myself included) thought his days of playing for championships were over. To every one's surprise he has found a way to re-invent himself and stay relevant in his 16th season. Without question Tim Duncan is the best power forward in the history of basketball, but where does he rank among the all time greats? As a basketball purist here is my assessment:
10. Timmy D
Tim Duncan has accomplished everything you can ask for in a top 10 player. The only reason he's not more of a household name is because he plays in San Antonio. He doesn't get the exposure of a LeBron James or a Blake Griffin, but at this point his resume is twice as impressive. If he played for the Bulls or the Knicks things would be different. Ironically, the fact he has played his whole career in San Antonio is a blessing. He doesn't have the temperament or personality to deal with the media scrutiny and exploitation. The island kid is more at home with less attention. He won't win the championship this year (Miami is a lock), but the mere fact he's led his team back to the chip speaks for itself. With Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony left on the outside looking in there's definitely something to be said for playing within yourself and trusting your teammates (can't believe I just said that). Tim Duncan is a first ballot Hall of Famer and a top 10 player. Your thoughts?