According to LeBron James, Tim Duncan needs to be considered the best player of his generation. When the discussion comes up, it always boils down to Kobe Bryant and Duncan.
When LeBron shared his thoughts on the topic, he had this to say.
“If I just look at the last 15 years, he’s probably been the most consistent, most dominant player that we’ve had as far as 15 years all together. He’s won four titles, multiple All Stars, MVP, and so on and so on.
I think He doesn’t get a lot of recognition because he’s not flashy like a lot of guys are. He’s not jumping over people and high flying and doing the things that attracts people to the game. But I think true basketball, true IQ people, players know how great he is. What else can you say?”
LeBron went on to call Duncan one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
While Kobe has built a solid resume to go neck-and-neck with Mr.Fundamentals, LeBron gives the nod to Duncan. Perhaps it has something to do with the debates over who the best player in the NBA was a few years back before James established himself as the clear-cut face of the league.
Without debating who the best player of the last fifteen years really has been, LeBrons thoughts make a lot of sense. Duncan doesn’t fill the seats with his high-flying alley-oops or shots from 30 feet away from the basket. You won’t see him on SportsCenter’s Top 10 segment.
However, you will see him filling the stat sheet. You will see him making the right basketball plays, shooting a high percentage, and playing fundamental, team basketball.
Kobe deserves some credit for adapting to the perimeter orientated game offensively as he has aged, but not many talk about the way that Duncan’s game has stayed virtually the same because he never predicated himself on the highlight material. Instead, he predicated himself on winning.