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.
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?