Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan: Who is the Best Player of His Generation?

I have heard talk lately debating Tim Duncan or Kobe Bryant as the best player of their generation.

I have been pleasantly surprised to hear some analysts say Duncan, to which I agree.


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Kobe can do things we thought we’d never see after His Airness retired. Kobe makes those tough fadeaways and those deep threes late in the game that are like a dagger in the hearts of the opponent.

Duncan is more the turtle, not the hare…and we all know who wins the race.

And while Duncan only has four rings to Kobe’s five, he has a great chance at getting another one this season. Regardless, I don’t think either are disappointed in the success they have achieved during their careers.

Duncan isn’t the most flashy and maybe doesn’t have the highlight reel Kobe does, but that doesn’t mean he won’t go down as one of the top power forwards ever. The guy is surgical down on the block. He sizes you up, makes a methodical move, and if necessary uses the glass to put it home.

Call him and Spurs boring all you want, but they may win the title again.

As a kid growing up playing power forward, I watched Duncan and his impeccable footwork, taking notes and being in awe of how smooth he was. Duncan never rushes and rarely takes bad shots. I am someone who loves efficiency, so I especially loved that aspect of his game.

Also, ask yourself who you would rather start a franchise with. For me that answer is easy; Duncan.

As much as I “love” a guy who criticizes his teammates, jacks up 30 shots a night regardless of whoever else is open, and fails to make anyone else around him better like Kobe, I’ll take Duncan…you know, the guy who is a good teammate and who has some humility and a quiet passion for the game. He is a technician who puts the team first and trusts his teammates.

Kobe is one of the best players I have seen in my lifetime. He is one of a kind, the Black Mamba, the cold-blooded killer in the clutch; but if you ask me who I want to build my franchise around, and who is the best of their generation, I still go with good old Timmy Duncan. But that’s just me.


Who do you think is the best player of the Kobe/Duncan generation?

About Trevor Stewart

Trevor Stewart is 25 years old and works as a corporate journalist, gathering stories and photos for magazines. He is a graduate of BIOLA University in La Mirada, Calif., with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Originally from Spokane, Wash., he and his wife Abigail currently make their home in Lincoln, Neb.


  1. Either way, they’re both superior to the false king. 

  2. the person who wrote this article is obviously part of the growing number of Kobe haters that has slowly but surely grown in size over the last few years, or for that matter his entire career. Seeing how the Lakers have made it to the nba finals 3 times in the last 5 seasons, lead my number 24, no one in their right mind can say that Kobe Bean Bryant is not the best player in our generation, hands down. not to mention the fact that his last 2 rings were won w/out shaq and that kobe has not only gone into battle w/ his peers night in and night out, but also david stern and the league who have had it out for the lakers for years. all u have to look at is the way the refs have been blowing the whistle( or not blowing) compared to the calls a durant or lebron/wade would get. also, can anyone say trade veto??? thanks d stern… ya rat bastard! that being said duncan will go down as an all-time great power foward but Kobe will not only go down as possibly the best 2 guard in the history of the league (sorry MJ) but even more impressive is that he will go down as the best LAKER ever, which unless you were born on the moon or lived under a rock the last 60years, says quite alot

    • Enyce1021 says:

      Once you stated Kobe is better than MJ, everything you said went out the window. It’s because of Kobe fans, Kobe is hated. Kobe playoff numbers are below ave at best. He won without Shaq?? Gasol bailed his consistent horrible shooting out numerous times. Kobe without Gasol didn’t make playoffs and out first round another year. I could go on and on………..anyway, Magic is the best Laker ever. He does a lot more than your one dimensional player Kobe.

      • And Michael didn’t get anywhere without Scotty. I’m not gonna argue that Kobe is better than MJ, but you’re argument is wrong as well. Jordan was consistently eliminated early like LeBron before Phil Jackson and Scotty Pippen arrived. And Kobe playing with Shaq was not a standard 1 and 2 option. It was 1 and 1a like LeBron and DWade. Kobe was just as capable a scorer. Shaq didn’t win without Kobe, just like Kobe didn’t win without Shaq. Kobe didn’t win without Pau and Michael didn’t win without Pau

      • Abnassery says:

        Jordan was 1-9 in the playoffs before Pippen was drafted, i’d choose your words more carefully next time

    • Juicy_jizza says:

      haha better than mj. good one. ill take duncan anyday over kobe

  3. mhearns1 says:


  4. @9db3cedc3b4d3f49c46f541106d36045:disqus kobe is a one-dimensional player???? I’m a huge Kobe fan, and I will state he’s not greater than MJ, but he shoots the three better than MJ ever did and has the best footwork in the game right now. He also is a great defender, All-Defensive First Team 9x, 6 times in a row, and All-Defensive 2nd Team 3x. So don’t say he’s one dimensional cuz he’s not. As for the Duncan-Kobe argument, this is exactly why I didn’t want the Spurs getting this far, now everyone will be bringing this crap up. When Duncan wins 5 then start comparing him to Kobe, until then keep out of the same breath as Kobe- the greatest player of his generation HANDS DOWN!

    • Called2free says:

      If a matter of championships is who’s the best then Jordan is not best of all time his six don’t even come close to Bill Russell’s 11. There are other factors than how many rings. Kobe is extremely talented yes gifted beyond measure but unable to mature into a player who knows how to use the strengths around him that is exactly where he falls short of Jordan.

      • MJGreatestEVA says:

        Different era. Kobe and Duncan are the same era, thats why we can compare championships. And don’t go and bring up Robert Horry or Derek Fisher we’re talking about centrepieces of championship teams.

  5. Bean Counter says:

    That’s like comparing apples to oranges. Tim is definetely the most team oriented player. Whereas Kobe is enately more talented. They are both extremely hard workers that work on their games. Kobe has proven he can trust his teamatest when they are trustworthy. If yopu have a team where guys are self conscience and wont take the open shot, then you take kobe. IF you have true pros that know their roles then you take timmy.

  6. mikeDELTA says:

    ofcourse.. no doubt! KB24……
    LA.. TRADE B!& for D12 and PAU for DERON… GO,GO,GO!

  7. Mikedjr24 says:

    ofcourse.. no doubt! KB24……LA.. TRADE B17 for D12 and PAU for DERON… GO,GO,GO!

  8. Robertbillow says:

    the person that wrote this is a hater..period..no knowledge of NBA basketball..here’s what Kobe haters do.since their premise is Kobe could never be MJ, they grade everybody from this generation on a curve compared to Kobe and say people that aren’t as good are based on the curve..

  9. Robertbillow says:

     You dummies that say you can’t compare Kobe to MJ..ummm, you do know MJ came out and said please compare Kobe to me because he deserves it? If you don’t know that, then google it..and if you argue with a guy, about his skills related to another player, you have a personal problem and need help..ditto for the best laker question.everybody people list as being a better laker than Kobe HAS COME OUT AND SAID KOBE IS BETTER THAN THEM..SHAQ, MAGIC, JERRY WEST, AND MANY OTHERS..so once again, you people need help..

  10. Called2free says:

    Duncan, hands down, to be considered better of your generation and truly compared to Jordan you have to ask how many around you did you make better through your game, answer is Duncan by far!

  11. Realist says:

    The blogger who wrote this lost me as soon as he put Duncan as the opposition to Kobe…..Who ever said Kobe is 1 dimensional……..They are 1 dimensional in their thinking. Kobe Bryant is a lot of things…..Selfish, an adulterer, a whiner sometimes. While Duncan is an excellent talent, he is not worthy of holding Kobe’s jock much less be compared to him……Absolutely ridiculous article. Articles like this are bloggers should have to put a disclaimer stating that they are a blogger and not a professional journalist.

  12. KOBE obviously is better all around performer. Duncan is no slouch but if I have to pick I’m taking Kobe on my team. I think Rondo could be one of the next best players in league. Look what he doing against Lebron and Wade. Here a good story on it.


  13. Kobe is def not better than Jordan just read a comment below.

  14. Tommy_Fitz says:

    Duncan has more talent around him than Kobe, if you put that much talent with Kobe they would go undefeated. Duncan is fundementaly flawless and a great team player but Kobe can create better than anyone who has ever played the game. He just might be the greatest defensive player along with MJ. Trust me, Kobe is far from one demensional and at the end of the game Kobe is the best ever at closing the deal.

  15. Thesickmanofasia says:

    youre high

  16. Vcoleman says:

    Tim Duncan is NO where near Kobe Bryant…….Kobe can run rings around Tim, and then dunk on him & the guy will have that puzzle look (like what just happened here)?

    Duncan has disappeared the past 5-6 years…..and Spurs aren’t going to win a championship this year. (Swept by OKC).

    The only way he’ll win another ring, is if they revamp the team with younger players, or trade Tim to another team. I don’t think the latter will happen, he’s already 36 years old.

  17. Mooseberg says:

    Jordan did not go against the type of talent that Kobe does on a consistant basis.  Kareem, Magic, Bird, Dr J, Isiah were all past their prime by the time he started to win.  He beat only four top-tier Hall of Fame players.  All not as good as the five I just mentioned,  and are under the type of players currently playing in the NBA.  Jordan did his damage against the Craig Elo’s, John Starks, Bryan Russell’s of the NBA.  Go back and look at the tapes. 

  18. Juicy_jizza says:

    lol at all the california kobe homers on here

  19. CLJenda says:


  20. Richard Rivera says:

    Kobe is a great player/leader with a killer instinct. Duncan is a great player with a great coach. Kobe hands down!!! In the top 5 greatest players of all time!!! 

  21. OMFG! well, there’s gonna be a big debate in this blog right now. MJ to KOBE, TD to KG or whatever stuffs. Well we all know that in this generation right now, TD is the best PF so far and KB is the best SG so far. Its hard to tell which one is the best because both of them doesnt fit on the same class or category. So no matter what will you do, you wont get your desire answer because its not compareable. You should be asking who is the best coach. P.Jackson or G.Popovich. thats gonna be a good blog for sure.

  22. Daniel B says:

    “also david stern and the league who have had it out for the lakers for years”

    You lost all credibility there.

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