9th best player of all-time:
Tim Duncan, PF
While some may argue with this decision, the San Antonio Spurs team captain is certainly one of the greatest winners in NBA history. Not only is he a four time NBA champion, he won the Finals MVP in three of those championship winning years.
Very rarely do you see a player who is as smart as The Big Fundamental. Combine smart play, tenacious passion, tough defense, and great rebounding and you get Tim Duncan, who helped turn the Spurs from the local joke to a championship contender. Paired with David Robinson, the Twin Towers made up one of the greatest frontcourts in NBA history, and one that will be hard to match by any team in the future of the NBA.
Duncan is also a great scorer, a very clutch shooter/rebounder, and a great competitor all around. And many will argue that he is the greatest winner since Bill Russell, which I wholeheartedly agree with.
Duncan's accomplishments include:
- USBWA College Player of the Year (1997)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1997)
John Wooden Award (1997)
ACC Player of the Year (1996, 1997)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
NBA MVP (2002, 2003)
NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
As stated before, very rarely will you see a player in the NBA with the passion to win, and the smarts to compete at a hall of fame level, which Duncan does, and does well. As long as the San Antonio Spurs have Tim Duncan, the Western Conference should be afraid. Very, very afraid.
10. Hakeem Olajuwon, C
9. Tim Duncan, PF
8th and 7th best players of all-time: Coming tomorrow