While tweeting from quarantine, Magic guard Evan Fournier posed an interesting question about the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
As the NBA season sits in flux with the hiatus in full swings, players and fans alike sit at home practicing self-quarantine and social distancing to halt the coronavirus in its tracks. This has left San Antonio Spurs watching old tape and reminiscing about the past at the same time that the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame decided its Class of 2020.
Included in the class are three players who we all knew would be in the Hall one day: Spurs legend Tim Duncan, the late great Kobe Bryant and All-Time trash-talker, Kevin Garnett. All three of these players will be linked in history for their concurrent careers and various duels, but the discussion surrounding Duncan and Garnett will always be a particularly interesting one.
Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier posed an interesting question regarding the duo on Twitter yesterday:
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Considering these are two undeniably talented players whose careers intersected many times, this is actually a very thought-provoking question to ponder. Of course, Duncan is the greater player with way more achievements and accolades to his name. All credit goes to Timmy for his own success, but you’ve got to wonder what KG’s career looks like with the guidance and tutelage that head coach Gregg Popovich and the Spurs could’ve provided for him.
Garnett was stuck playing for a lowly Minnesota Timberwolves organization that wasted many of his prime years while the Spurs were off winning championships. Duncan was drafted two years after The Big Ticket, but they retired in the same year with Garnett playing two more seasons than Duncan did.
Spurs fans wouldn’t trade Duncan’s legacy for the world and Duncan probably wouldn’t either. However, and this is truly hypothetical, would the Spurs still have five championships if they had Garnett instead of the Big Fundamental?
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