The 5 Best Fundamental Players in the NBA

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The 5 Best Fundamental Players in the NBA
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There's a reason Tim Duncan so quickly earned his nickname, "The Big Fundamental."

It was a lot more polite than calling him "boring."

The four-time NBA champion and two-time MVP cemented his status as one of the game's all-time great big men with an approach that wasn't flashy enough to generate anything but the most begrudging media attention.

As something of an antidote to the egocentric superstar, Duncan's style both on and off the floor is radically orthodox. 

He made it novel to be old-school again, and he wasn't relying on gimmicky knee-high socks. Duncan's homage to his predecessors has more to do with fundamentally sound skills than lip service.

His post moves and footwork make up for the fact that he's never been the most athletic or explosive forward, and his approach on the defensive end is equally intelligent. 

Consequently, Duncan is today's godfather of fundamentally sound hoops. Who's followed in his footsteps?

Here's a look at the five guys who would make Timmy proud.

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