San Antonio Spurs: Was Tim Duncan or Hakeem Olajuwon Better?

By Rob Wolkenbrod
April 7, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
April 7, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) during the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Former San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry started an unexpected debate on Monday, so is Tim Duncan or Hakeem Olajuwon the better player?

On Monday, Robert Horry, who won two championships with the San Antonio Spurs, appeared on ESPN’s The Jump, and threw around controversial quotes on Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. The comments geared toward the former received more attention, however.

Horry said Hakeem Olajuwon was “20 times better” than Duncan, which raised a few eyebrows on the show. The debate also turned to him picking Olajuwon over the Big Fundamental, using free throw percentages to back this up.

Well, given the nature of Horry’s comments, and how most sports topics end up in a debate, it will potentially start a conversation of which big man was better — Duncan or Olajuwon?

Duncan was drafted No. 1 overall by the Spurs in the 1997 NBA Draft. He ended up playing 19 seasons with the team, averaging 19 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for his career.

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Perhaps Duncan’s crowning achievement may have been the five NBA championships he won. This came in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He playing a marquee role for all of these teams, even at age 37 for the 2014 squad.

In 2017, Duncan had his No. 21 jersey officially retired by the Spurs. It now hangs in the rafters at AT&T Center.

Robert Horry just said Hakeem Olajuwon was 20 times better than Tim Duncan, C'mon man!!!!

— Joe Reinagel (@JoeKENS5) June 5, 2017

Olajuwon, like Duncan, was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 1984. He played 18 seasons in the NBA, 17 of which came with the Houston Rockets, and the last one with the Toronto Raptors in 2001-02.

The Dream averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in his career. This was along with two NBA championships, which came in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. In 2002, the Rockets retired Olajuwon’s No. 34.

Robert Horry is absoulutly positively correct saying Hakeem Olajuwon is better than Tim Duncan. #imjustsayin

— Mr. Ford (@TalentedMrFord) June 5, 2017

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Given the statistics and the impacts each player made on their respective team, who had the better career; was it Duncan or Olajuwon? Should there even be a debate between these two big men? Leave a comment in the section below.

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