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In NBA history there have been many Power Forwards who have been great. Guys like Karl Malone, Kevin McHale, Charles Barkley, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett were the standard for the position but there was one player who stood out. The quiet big man known as Tim Duncan is the best-accomplished power forward to ever play the game. The five Time NBA champion led the San Antonio Spurs all throughout his nineteen year career. He never asked for the spotlight he just stepped on the court and delivered when his team needed him to. Tim Duncan was the first overall pick for the San Antonio Spurs in 1997. When he came into the NBA, Hall Famer David Robinson helped transition Tim from the short scheduled college game at Wake Forrest to the eighty-two game of NBA schedule. His former coach Greg Popovich who has been Tim Duncan’s coach throughout his entire NBA career also helped guide him. It was clear that Tim was the piece that the Spurs needed to be contenders for the NBA Title every year. The small market franchise always found a way to draft talent around him. For nineteen years the Spurs had become a dynasty led by Tim Duncan and Greg Popovich.
The Spurs are a team that doesn’t play Showtime basketball. There main focus is to play sound and fundamental basketball where crisp ball movement is a key to getting wide-open shots. A lot of people believe that this style of basketball is boring but it has become effective for the Spurs. It also fit into Tim Duncan’s overall personality as his nickname for most of his career was The Big Fundamental thanks to Shaq. Even with having somewhat of dry personality Tim Duncan was a model citizen who never got into trouble on or off the court. He was a true leader that helped convey Greg Popovich’s message to the team.
What made Tim Duncan a great player were not only his coach but also his teammates around him. Guys like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, David Robinson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard and countless other teammates helped Tim Duncan become the player that he was. Going forward his teammates will miss his presences on the court. Although the team still has Greg Popovich coaching the team, most of there star players are older. Manu Ginobli, Tony Parker, Lamarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol are in their thirty’s and with the league concentrating on a faster style of play, up tempo basketball is the way of the NBA these days.
The NBA will miss one of the most dominant athletes of the 21st century. Tim Duncan made an impact in the NBA like no other athlete has made. His resume screams that he was a consistent winner and basically an unstoppable force on the court. As a fifteen-time all-star Tim Duncan will definitely be a first ballot hall of famer. In his absents The Spurs franchise will still be contending in the western conference. Although Greg Popovich is closer to retirement the team is still in good hands for the future.