Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan was a superstar on the court, but so quiet off of it that as great as he was and as sure he will enter the Basketball Hall on his first ballot, he might be the most underrated player of all time.  We won't do that here as we will actually rank him AHEAD of the more popular Kobe Bryant, who is also a lock for the Hall on his first attempt.

What couldn’t he do with a basketball?  The man dubbed “Big Fundamental” averaged a double double in his first thirteen seasons, all of which saw him make both an All NBA and All Defensive team.  This is a feat that NOBODY has ever done.  While the San Antonio Spurs could not necessarilly be considered a dynasty, over his tenure he took them to a NBA Championship five times.  With the exception of his final year he never had a PER lower than 20.  The two time league MVP is ranked in the top fifteen in VORP, Win Shares, Box Plus/Minus and PER.  Only legends do that!

What we are talking about is a player who a case could be made that he was the best of his era, but his name doesn’t come up that much for that, and he is probably just fine with that.

Duncan will get inducted on the first ballot and he will deliver a quiet acceptance speech.  That also seems like a lock doesn’t it?

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (St. Croix, The Virgin Islands)
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Dallas Mavericks
  • College: Wake Forest
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 1st Overall in 1997
  • Major Accolades and Awards: MVP (2) (2001-02 & 2002-03)
    NBA Finals MVP (3) (1999, 2003 & 2005)
    Rookie of the Year (1997-98)
    First Team All NBA (10) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-2003, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07 & 2012-13)
    Second Team All NBA (3) (2005-06, 2007-08 & 2008-09)
    Third Team All NBA (2) (2009-10 & 2014-15)
    NBA All Star (15) (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2015)
    First Team All Defensive (8) (1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Second Team All Defensive (7) (1997-98, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13 & 2014-15)
    First Team All Rookie (1997-98)
    Most Field Goals (2001-02)
    Most Two Point Field Goals (2001-02)
    Most Two Point Field Goal Attempts (2001-02)
    Most Free Throws (2001-02)
    Most Defensive Rebounds (2001-02)
    Most Rebounds (2001-02)
    Highest Defensive Rating (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2012-13)
    Most Offensive Win Shares (2001-02)
    Most Defensive Win Shares (1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Most Win Shares (2001-02 & 2002-03)
    Highest Box Plus/Minus (2001-02)
    Highest VORP (2001-02)
    Consensus National Player of the Year (1997)
    First Team All-American (1996 & 1997)
    NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 1996 & 1997)
    ACC Player of the Year (1996 & 1997)
    Championship Rings: (5) (San Antonio Spurs, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (3) (1997-98, 1998-99 & 2001-02)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (4) (1997-98, 1998-99, 2001-02 & 2002-03)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (4) (1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01 & 2001-02)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (6) (1997-98, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (15) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (12) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (15) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points (4) (1997-98, 1998-99-03, 2001-02 & 2002-03)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (6) (1997-98, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (2) (1998-99 & 2001-02)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (5) (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03 & 2003-04)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (12) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (14) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (13) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (9) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (12) (1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (9) (1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07 & 2009-10)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 4.    Defensive Rebounds: 11,232
    6.    Blocks: 3,020
    6.    Win Shares: 206.4
    6.    VORP: 89.3
    7.    Rebounds: 15,091
    8.    Games Played: 1,392
    11.  Minutes Played: 47,368
    11.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,859
    13.  PER: 24.2
    14.  Two Point Field Goals: 10,255
    14.  Box Plus/Minus: 5.5
    16.  Field Goals: 10,285
    17.  Points: 26,496
    20.  Blocks per Game: 2.2
    24.  Free Throws: 5,896
    39.  Rebounds per Game: 10.8

Should Tim Duncan be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 98%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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