Every prospect, people want to compare to every legend or great player in the league. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to Michael Jordan, Shaquille Oneal to Hakeem Olajuwon. Even Kristapz Porzingis to Dirk Nowitzki and Trae Young to Stephen Curry. They had similarities in their games. But there are guys who don’t live up to expectations like Kwame Brown or Greg Oden that injury derailed his potential.
In recent years there is also a guy compared to Tim Duncan. Anthony Davis from Kentucky in 2011 an athletic freak. Davis shows his numbers and being an All-Star to looks like Duncan. Also, Jahlil Okafor was been hype to be like Tim Duncan because of his back to the basket style of basketball. But he never pans out in Philadelphia Sixers until his minutes reduced and traded. Then cut by teams and now a current member of New Orleans Pelicans.
Why they don’t leave up to be a Duncan. Once for all Tim Duncan is on a different level of superstars. He had these reputations that every Jordan, Shaq, Hakeem, Kobe, and LeBron didn’t have. Duncan hates the media, he doesn’t like an endorsement. Timmy doesn’t like attention all he wants is playing basketball and winning. He doesn’t talk trash or shouting he’s the best after clutch basket.
Tim Duncan doesn’t care numbers as long as they win. He’s happy when his teammates win like Tony Parker in 2007. Duncan made his teammates better which happened to Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. He cares for his teammates even it’s a 10-day contract.
Duncan let Popovich coach him, never demanded who will play with him and how much the Spurs should pay him. Duncan can have the numbers like superstars LeBron James or Kobe Bryant if he wants it. But for him, the greatest is to win as a team. In-Game five of 2005 finals he didn’t demand the ball, instead, give a good screen to Manu to set up Horry an example of leadership.
That ‘s why prospects never lived up to be Tim Duncan. This man was special, did things that nobody can do. He is a superstar in his own way.
The big man from Wake Forest stays consistent right from the start of his career until he finished. No drama on the Spurs franchise even he is the biggest star of NBA.