As Tim Duncan prepares to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is inevitable to reflect on his career. What do you think Duncan’s legacy is? What will he remember in 20 years?
Marilyn Dubinski: I think his legacy will always be that of an accomplished professional and a perfect franchise player that anyone would choose for one of those ‘building your own championship team’ drills: chic, selfless, a quiet leader everyone wanted to play with, and of course one of the greatest power strikers of all time. However, I also think that if the five years since his retirement have been any indication, he will continue to be slightly underestimated by non-Spurs fans and the younger generations who did not see his heyday, only know the today’s game more offensive, and underestimate the value of defense.
In 20 years, he will likely continue to be known as a Top 10-15 player and one of the greatest defensive players of all time (even though he never won DPOY), but his attacking play will continue to grow. be undervalued as the game evolves. There shouldn’t be more moments like the Anthony Davis vs. Tim Duncan debate, all stemming from the former hitting a clutch three in the 2020 playoffs (as if the latter had never done), but that will continue to happen due to the way today’s game is marketed and with superstars flocking to bigger markets for fame and attention – something Duncan never did. That being said, he won’t care and true basketball fans will keep his legacy alive and well.
Mark Barrington: This is a difficult question to answer in one or two paragraphs. He transformed the game in a deceptively silent way. He was the best player in the league most of the time he was on the pitch, and he made his team the best for 18 years. He was an elite athlete, but also an elite leader and innovator in the game. He was subversive, using his calm demeanor to hide the fact that he was getting the upper hand in the game. It’s weird to say this about a guy entering the hall of fame, but he’s always been underrated and underrated. Partly because he was underrated, but also because he understood how to play the long game and never played the game about it, even when he did. He will be remembered in 20 years as a winner, who took a small team from the market to the final 6 times and won 5.
Bruno Passos: Duncan’s legacy is vast and difficult to sum up, but I think part that still seems evolving is how much what San Antonio did during that two-decade period was down to him rather than his situation. There was more pressure that if, for example, Kevin Garnett and Duncan had exchanged situations, Garnett would have had the same number of rings due to Spurs’ ideal of organization. But Pop repeated it recently – “No Duncan, No Championships” – and recent years have confirmed that having a singular superstar like Duncan in caucuses and on the pitch, in the ears of teammates and in partnership with the coaching staff, was an irreplaceable element for lasting success here. What he has accomplished on an individual level is enough to put him in the top 10 for considerations, but when you start to cut the hair between him and the other greats, as you have to do when discussing these things, it helps qu ‘it is the quintessence. to win for one of the great dynasties of sport. (And then you can discuss what a dynasty is.)
Jesus Gomez: I think Duncan’s legacy has to do with his sustained excellence on an individual level and his commitment to a franchise, which is why I think he will gain more respect over the years. Maybe I’m overly optimistic, but when the next generation, who won’t remember Duncan’s later, more earthy years, take a look at their numbers and look at their most dominant performances, they’ll be fascinated by this guy who had as good a peak as any top 15 player of all time, then will be surprised by his great success at the team level. The fact that he did everything without moving any franchises could also set him apart from other greats of the past and quite possibly the future, as most of the superstars of this generation have moved on.
Did the fact that Duncan had a long career and only played for Spurs really matter as much in discussing his greatness, given that he was simply, unmistakably one of the best players of all time? Not really, but heirlooms are about storytelling and Duncan will have a good one on his side.
JR Wilco: Player legacy is as much about perspective as it is about person, and most of the momentum I’ve noticed since Timmy hung them up has been about how much of a teacher he was – even with opponents. as he played them, how was it impossible to destabilize him, and how his trashy speech was unique across the league.
As time brings additional distance and therefore perspective, the man who was once known internationally as Stone Budda is rediscovered as just as fun and funny as he was basic. Combined with his abilities that have allowed him to reinvent himself on multiple occasions to meet the demands of the game and the players on his team – while also keeping his stats essentially stable even as he made his way to 40 – these are the multiples. Duncan’s natures that will endure. . Timeless skills, ultimate competitor, eternal winner, goofball.