Over the past several days, ESPN has been revealing parts of their top 100 NBA players of all time list. Just recently, five players who were synonymous with the San Antonio Spurs were among those in the top 90. They included former Spurs champions Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili and David Robinson. As of today, Tim Duncan was named to ESPN’s top 10 NBA players of all time.
Tim Duncan Lands Among ESPN’s Top 10 Players
ESPN’s top 10 players list reads like a who’s who of basketball greatness. It includes behemoths such as Shaquille O’Neal, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are there. There’s also the late, great Black Mamba, Kobe Bryant. Surprisingly, Spurs superstar Tim Duncan just barely edged Kobe on the top 10 list.
Duncan landed at the No. 8 spot while Kobe Bryant came in at No. 9 overall. The debates will certainly begin about Duncan vs. Kobe now that the list is officially completed.
Debates will also rage on about who belongs at the top of ESPN’s list. Right now, ESPN has made it known that Michael “Air” Jordan, star of The Last Dance documentary series, is No. 1 overall with LeBron placing second.
Coming in at third is the NBA’s career scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers. Celtics star Bill Russell lands at No. 4 followed by Lakers great Magic Johnson, giving Los Angeles four players in ESPN’s top 10.
Duncan’s Hall of Fame Career Includes Multiple NBA Titles
Commonly known as The Big Fundamental, Tim Duncan became one of the most skilled all around big men in the game’s history. Joining the Spurs in 1997-98 as the No. 1 overall pick, he quickly showed his capabilities. Duncan would go on to play in all 82 of the team’s games, averaging 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks in 39.1 minutes a contest.
Alongside David Robinson, Duncan helped form a solid Spurs roster that would go on to capture their first NBA Championship in 1999. Duncan would add four more as the team’s main star each time with help from the likes of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard. He captured three Finals MVP Awards along the way.
In terms of career accomplishments, his resume is quite full of those. Duncan has 15 All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive Team selections. He’s a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and as mentioned, a five-time NBA Champion.
His career numbers included 26,496 points along with 15,091 rebounds, 4,225 assists, and 3,020 blocked shots. In terms of all-time rankings, Duncan ranks No. 14 for points, sixth for rebounds, and fifth for blocks, putting a spotlight on a solid career.
He’ll be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 Class. Joining Tim Duncan in the HOF class will be Kevin Garnett, Tameka Catchings, and the late Kobe Bryant. Visit our Spurs news page for more of the latest team and player news.