But we fans only care about right now.
Right now the younger four have better athleticism and offensive numbers than Tim Duncan, but do they have a better offensive game overall?
Unfortunately, the numbers might say yes.
According to BasketballReference.com, Timmy’s offensive win shares this season are the lowest of his career at 1.9.
Of the other four, Aldridge has the lowest win share at 6.4. Duncan has lower numbers in offensive win shares and defensive win shares than the foursome, as well. Duncan and Aldridge average the lowest effective field-goal percentage of the five players, a stat which takes into account that a player gets an extra point when shooting a two over a three-point shot. Howard surprisingly ranks the highest of the five at .590, but it’s essentially because all he does is dunk.
Duncan’s free-throw attempt rate is also much lower than last season; he doesn’t take as many free-throw shots per field-goal attempt. Similar to effective field-goal percentage, Duncan and Aldridge are both ranked the lowest of the five. Aldridge is known for shooting outside and around the elbow, while Duncan likes to play closer to the rim—so this low stat is more of a telling sign for Timmy than it is for Aldridge.