Many think the Spurs’ Big Three are passed their primes—that they’re too old to win another championship, but I don’t think so. Yes, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are aging, but they are far from through.
Tim Duncan, the three-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time League MVP, who has been a part of all four of the Spurs championships, is one of the best—if not the best—power forward in NBA history and has been the face of the Spurs dynasty.
Last season, at 37, Duncan averaged 21.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per 36 minutes of play, which is probably a more accurate view of his stats as his minutes decline. He also shot a career best 81.7 percent at the foul line.
Tony Parker, who also has an NBA Finals MVP trophy and has been a part of three of the four Spurs championships, averaged 20.3 points and 7.6 assists per game (0.1 less than his career high) last season. He also shot a career-best 84.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Parker has actually gotten better with age and even garnered some MVP buzz last season.
Then, there’s Ginobili. The Argentine had the worst season of the Big Three. He made horrific decisions and turned the ball over way too much for the entire postseason. He just wasn’t the same Ginobili we have seen over the years.
But, I still believe in Ginobili. The energetic guard is a spark for the San Antonio Spurs. His unpredictability is what makes him great. Even amidst a horrific postseason, he had 24 points and 10 assists in the Spurs' Game 5 win in last year’s finals. It was his first 20 and 10 game since 2008.
Ginobili’s flame is flickering, but if he sparks at the right moments, the Big Three will be very difficult to beat.
Duncan, Parker and Ginobili were winning games and championships way before LeBron James went to South Beach to form another Big Three. These three are the original big three, and their success has been big.
This Big Three, if healthy, can lead their team to yet another championship.