At the start of this season, people thought Tim Duncan's game would be on a rapid decline. He's too old or washed up. There were also some concerns about his knees.
Factor in the addition of Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair and it's easy to understand Duncan's numbers might take a dip.
However, with a lot of new players to incorporate into the system, the Spurs had some early season struggles. Add the fact that Parker is playing hurt and Manu not playing at a high level, the Spurs shouldn’t be where they are right now -- third in the ultra competitive West with a respectable 24-13 record.
The reason behind it? Tim Duncan. He has been consistent as ever, averaging 20.1 points, 10.4 rebounds 3.1 assists, and 1.88 blocks in just 32.1 minutes per game. He is also shooting 55% from the floor and 75% from the line, numbers that are comparable with his MVP years.
Besides that Duncan is so efficient as he is currently ranked second in PER behind a guy named LeBron James in the entire NBA.
Coach Pop recently said this about Duncan, “With everything he's done for us, if our record was better, you’d hear people talking about him for MVP. And that sounds sort of strange because we thought those years had passed.”
Yes, he maybe old and his knee braces is a scary sight but he has carried the Spurs with his broad shoulders in the past and this year has not been any different. Tim Duncan is still the steady rock and constant drumbeat that keeps the Spurs in the thick of things.
His game is simple and fundamentally sound. You won’t see him often on ESPN highlights but he cares a lot about winning and this year, with the way he's playing, it's fair to say that he deserves to be in the MVP discussion just like before.
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