Tim Duncan: The Greatest Power Forward to Play the Game?

Bare KnucksAnalyst IMay 24, 2009

DALLAS - APRIL 25:  Forward Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs during play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 25, 2009 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

When the debate of the best Power Forward to ever play the game is brought up, Tim Duncan seems to be the trendy pick. I can’t consent with this for a couple of reasons.

Tim Duncan isn’t even the best Power Forward in the NBA right now:

How can we say Duncan is the best PF ever, when he’s not even the best in the league at this moment in time? Or the past decade for that matter?! Have we forgotten about Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett?

The infamous ring argument:

One will be quick to bring up the fact that Duncan has four championship rings while Dirk has a goose egg and KG boasts only one finger’s worth, but do rings really matter when we are talking about pure talent? No!

I mean, when we say "The best power forward ever," I interpret that as the PF with the best skill set, NOT the player who has had a more successful career.

So many people use the ring argument when trying to justify a player’s abilities, but if that was the case Robert Horry (seven rings) would trump the players mentioned above. Nothing against Big Shot Bob, but is he better than Duncan, Nowitzki or Garnett? Hell no!

The Numbers (Career Averages):

Garnett: 20.2 ppg, 11.1 rpg

Nowitzki: 22.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg

Duncan: 21.4 ppg, 11.7 rpg

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