Originally Posted by ChiefsCountry
Duncan was a hell of a player but Shaq/Hakeem were just better. Thats not a knock on Timmy, when those two were on they were just freaking outstanding.
Nope, Duncan has been consistently better. He's been one of the league's best 5-10 players in virtually every season he's been in the league. His team is always at the top of the standings, and they've won 4 titles.
Shaq was a guy you couldn't give the ball to when the game was on the line at the end of games (big time strike against him). He deferred to Penny, Kobe and then Wade. Duncan never had a #2 equal to any of those guys, save for perhaps Parker this season. Shaq was a mediocre defender. Good shot blocker, but awful in pick and roll. He was physically dominant, no doubt. And that's easier to remember and admire than all of Duncan's qualities. But Timmy was better. Ask any player in the league who they'd rather have as a teammate. I'd bet the farm they'd say Duncan.