Apr 10, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) reacts to being called for a technical foul during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The ESPN projections for the top 10 players at every position continues. Did Tim Duncan make the cut at power forward for the San Antonio Spurs?
Anthony Davis and Kevin Love lead a tight race
Arguably the best two-way position on an NBA floor, power forward is often key in determining good and great teams. Based on the latest WARP projections from ESPN, there may be a new sheriff in town. That is how good Anthony Davis has looked over the past year. His offensive game is beginning to catch up to his elite defensive prowess, as is his shooting efficiency. It’s enough to put him on top with a 14.3 rating, but just barely because All-Star Kevin Love was right behind him with a 14.2. The prospects of playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have done wonders for his stock and his young age only helps in that regard. Trailing close behind those two is Blake Griffin, likely hampered by his recent back injury and from there the field begins to sharply tail off.
Age a primary deterrent for Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki
So the question to ask is where are the future Hall of Famers? Incredibly both Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki failed to crack the top ten. This despite Nowitzki having an excellent statistical year and Duncan winning a championship. The primary reasoning for their snubs is simple and logical to an extent but also a familiar excuse. Duncan is 38-years old, far and away a dangerous area for athletes while Nowitzki is no spring chicken at age 36. Their being left out of the rankings is more about reliability than proven track record. It’s an understandable argument but when it comes to those two players, one would think they’ve earned the benefit of the doubt.
Just more proof that pro sports, including the NBA, is all about the young.