Never Doubt "The Big Fundamental"

Amanda RobertsonContributor INovember 14, 2008

You see that man?

That would be the best PF ever.

Not of today, ever.

Hear me out.

This man is consistent. The definition of consistent. The reason they invented the word consistent.

His PPG averages for his career are as follows:

'97-'98: 21.1 ppg

'98-'99: 21.7 ppg

'99-'00: 23.2 ppg

'00-'01: 22.2 ppg

'01-'02: 25.5 ppg

'02-'03: 23.3 ppg

'03-'04: 22.3 ppg

'04-'05: 20.3 ppg

'05-'06: 18.6 ppg

'06-'07: 20.0 ppg

'07-'08: 19.3 ppg

'08-'09: 25.3 ppg

This is his 12th season in the league, and is averaging 25 points. Oh, by the way, Duncan's 32 years old.

He's been scoring so much partly because two of San Antone's star players are out (Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker), and he has had to pick up a bigger load. But no one has done so so gracefully. Then again, 25 points is 25 points.

No one fully understands what they're up against until they play him.

Kevin Love, on playing (and eventually losing in double-OT) to the Spurs on Nov. 7:
"It was crazy. It was my first going up against Tim Duncan. And to see him work and all his moves and how he's a finisher around the bucket. I've always looked up to his game while I was growing up. He's a ... serious player. He's the greatest winner in the past 10 years. And far as best player goes, it's probably him."

How many of you could doubt that?

He won a title in his third year; how many players can say they've even won a title?

Tim has been a champion for years; and no one can argue that.

  • 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 NBA Champion
  • 3-time Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
  • 2-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003)
  • 11 All-NBA teams
  • 11 All-Defensive teams
  • 1998 Rookie of the Year
  • 1997 Naismith College Player of the Year
  • 1997 USBWA College Player of the Year
  • 1996, 1997 ACC Player of the Year
  • 1997 John Wooden Award

In short, Tim was born to be great, a future Hall Of Famer.

He won't ever go down as "Greatest Dunker Alive" or "Most Points in a Game", but as "The Most Fundamental."

Tim gets his shots, and makes sure his team does, too. He doesn't mind giving an assist or extra pass while his friend makes—or doesn't—a shot. They return the favor, like in Game One of the '07-'08 Playoff series of San Antonio vs. Phoenix.

Manu gets the double team, drives, and passes back to Timmy for an open three-pointer.

This shot secured the Spurs win in double-OT.

The crowd goes insane.

Not so much because the Spurs won, but Tim Theodore Duncan made a three-pointer.

Not that big of a deal, think again. Duncan took, and made, one three-pointer all season.

Tim has only made 24 three-pointers in his career. He's not bad, he just sticks to what he knows, a 15-foot bankshot. And we're okay with that.

We're okay about everything with this outstanding player, offense or defense.

He is the leagues best interior defender; one of the best post-up defenders the league has ever seen.

Today there's Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Garnett, but there's something Tim does better than any other PF today.

Tim wins. Simply and truly that, he wins.

He's an assassin—quiet and unsuspecting.

When Tim strikes- beware. He won't back down. Won't settle for less.

He's on the strive for five.

Tim also led his team to an ironic win at home against the Houston Rockets without Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker


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