Who's the better NBA forward, Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett?
They are both pretty much guaranteed to make the Hall of Fame, but is one better than the other?
At this stage in their careers, I'll say Garnett. Overall though, Tim Duncan.
Tim Duncan. He's had an amazing year, and is playing like he was 10 years younger. Plus, overall, he has better stats than Garnett, and has led his team to four championships.
As a San Antonian, I am unashamedly biased towards Duncan. However, I have great respect for Garnett.
Personally, I think the difference between the two, and what makes Duncan the better player, is teamwork. One man does not a team make, which Garnett learned with the TWolves, James learned with the Cavs, and this year the Lakers learned when they discovered that their team was shallow (oh, the irony).
Initially, Duncan had Robinson. By the time Duncan was a leader for the Spurs, he had Ginobili and Parker. Along the way was a laundry list of players who could come off the bench and make something happen on the court. And Pop was, and is, always there (and usually angry!).
Maybe Garnett should have gone to college and grown up a little more before joining the NBA. Maybe he just got unlucky and was a young guy who bought his own hype. Despite getting a ring (which I'm glad he has because I think he more than deserves it), I think there's some wasted potential in Garnett. When Duncan's finished, he can know that he left everything on the court.
This is a tough one to answer which, makes it a great question.
Duncan has 4 championships and 3 NBA Finals MVPs however, he did have the benefit of playing with the Admiral. Would KG succeed to the same degree if he swapped teams with Duncan? Probably.
In a game of one on one, I'd go with KG.
I give Tim Duncan the slight edge. In their peaks, he was the more dominant player. Both are undeniable first ballot hall of famers.
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