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Tim Duncan and 10 NBA Players Who Don't Get the Respect They Deserve
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Underrated. It's one of the most tossed about words in the NBA

Players run through a cycle. First, they're underrated, then they get so much chatter about being underrated that they're overrated. Then, they get so much "they’re actually overrated" talk that they become underrated again.

So, I'm not going to talk about being "underrated" here. I'm going to talk about respect. We're talking about the Aretha Franklin respect, R-E-S-P-E-C-T respect.

Here are Tim Duncan and 10 other players who simply don't get the respect they should.

Do they have flaws? Sure, but everyone does.

Kobe Bryant shoots too much. Kevin Durant doesn't assert enough leadership. LeBron James does not have the killer instincts his ability should demand.

Every player is flawed, but for some reason, these guys are defined more for their flaws than what they do well, or else they're just ignored. They are fantastic players in their own right, though, and deserve a lot more respect than they get. 

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