Originally Posted by MaD vEiN
you argued that Ewing, Malone & Barkley had similar numbers like Duncan yet Duncan won rings while the others didn't....well for me i think Duncan was lucky that he didn't faced MJ during his dominance or else he'll be in list of Hall of Famers fell victim challenging MJ
can you really blamed them for constantly choking against Jordan? i mean can you name me HOFers who DIDN'T choke against him in Finals?
People saying this bothers me to no end. It is one of the stupidest things I hear all the time. As if Ewing, Barkley, and Malone only played for 6 years. As if every year they played Jordan beat all 3 of them. Get the f*ck out of here with that BS. The Knicks were able to get to the finals twice in the 90's and LOST both times. Hakeem and Duncan/Robinson beat them. You know why? Because they're superior players.
Karl Malone got drafted in 1985. Couldn't even make out of the Western Conference until he was in his mid 30's. You know what happened all those other years? He lost to lesser teams because he just isn't that great.
Charles Barkley is the definition of a choke job. Also drafted in 1985. Every single time he had an opportunity to win a title he always found some way to f*ck it up. Whether it was losing to the Rockets in a Jordan-less NBA or joining the Rockets and losing to the Utah "Grandpas" as you put it, he always found a way to LOSE.
Tim Duncan is the complete opposite. Him winning a title in 2003 is one of the most amazing things a PF has EVER done. He stopped the Laker dynasty that looked damn near unbeatable for 3 years. Look at his supporting cast. It was beyond horrible. No single player has ever won a title with a supporting cast that bad. He had an ancient Robinson, a rookie Manu Ginobili (who was only playing 20 min/game), and Tony Parker who was barely in his second year in his league. Tony Parker has one of the worst year in his career in 2003. Yet the Spurs still won a title.
I have no doubts in my mind that if you put Duncan in the 90's Jazz he'll find a way to win at least one title. He'll be more then capable of beating MJ's Bulls.