We’ve all heard the chatter over the years, debates of who could be seen as the next greatest player in the history of the National Basketball Association. It’s widely accepted that Michael Jordan is number one, but the debate rages on about who is number two. We’ve all heard the arguments, first Kobe Bryant got the nod and then LeBron James jumped into the fray, it’s back and forth with Kobe still have a slight edge over LeBron in the rankings because he’s got more rings. With all the arguing you hear about who’s number two behind Jordan there’s one name that doesn’t really get the mention that he deserves, a man who could easily be seen as the best to ever play at his position by the time he retires.
Tim Duncan is the quiet man of the NBA, he’s one of the most talented players to ever set foot on the court, with everything he’s done in his career most people never mention him when thinking of who’s behind Jordan on the all time list. You don’t hear much about Duncan off the court, he’s not the most vocal man in the NBA and he doesn’t come across as an attention hog at all, as a result many people don’t pay attention to just how great he’s been since he joined the Spurs. I think of Tim Duncan along the lines of the NBA’s answer to The Undertaker, he’s cool, he’s reclusive, and he’s always “in character.” I won’t say that Tim Duncan is playing a character, he’s just not the guy to go out of his way to speak to reporters, it’s not who he is and as a result it would be out of character for the man.
Even with the career numbers that Tim Duncan has put up during his career, the most important numbers are five NBA Championships, three Finals MVPs, and two NBA MVP awards. Why are these numbers so significant, you might ask? It’s very simple, LeBron has four NBA MVPs, but only two NBA Championships and two Finals MVP awards to show, aside from the NBA MVP awards those numbers pale in comparison to Duncan. While LeBron is way off, Kobe has the five NBA Championships, he’s only got two Finals MVPs, and one NBA MVP award, once again falling short of Duncan’s career totals. Going back to my Undertaker comparison, it wasn’t until last year when Undertaker faced CM Punk at WrestleMania that people put him up as possibly the best to ever work in the business of Pro Wrestling, and it looks like something similar could be coming with Duncan. Michael Jordan would be the Shawn Michaels of the NBA, he’s the absolute most talented to ever work, in that case Tim Duncan is easily the Undertaker to Jordan’s Michaels.