San Antonio Spurs: Where Does Tim Duncan Rank Among Current Big Men?

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Dec 25, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (right) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (left) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Duncan is old.

Let’s be honest, that’s why everyone continues to count out the San Antonio Spurs year after year in preseason predictions.

He’s 37 years young, and through his 16 years in the league, he has morphed from a superstar power forward into a second-option center.

Duncan may have recently surpassed Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time rebounding list, but his (usually impressive) 10.0 rebounds per game doesn’t look nearly as good when compared to Kevin Love‘s 12.6, Dwight Howard‘s 12.3, LaMarcus Aldridge’s 11.1 or even Blake Griffin’s 9.8.

Those four—Love, Howard, Aldridge and Griffin—all also average much higher points per game than Duncan, too. Love at 26.3, Howard’s 18.5, Aldridge’s 23.4 and Blake’s 24.3 dwarf Duncan’s 15.2 this season, even if it’s the 10th best among power forwards.

Nov. 10, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) battles for a rebound with San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (21) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Rose Garden. The Spurs won the game 112-109. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Love, Howard, Aldridge and Griffin are all better than Duncan right now.

Howard and Aldridge are in the middle of their prime at age 28; Griffin and Love, though already superstars, have yet to fully blossom (we hope); both still relatively (Anthony Davis is 20) young at age 24 and 25, respectively.

Love hasn’t yet seen the playoffs, people only now started noticing Aldridge or admitting Griffin a true superstar, and Howard has gone from hero to villain faster than Dr. Jekyll turns into Mr. Hyde.

Where was Duncan at their age?

Winning his third Finals MVP and second regular season MVP.

Mar 2, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs players (from left) Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan during the national anthem before the game against the Dallas Mavericks at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

No big deal.

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