It is a melancholy object to those who call themselves Spurs fans, when they see the games, the coverage, and the highlights crowded with images that show us a Tim Duncan that is not very effective anymore. Sure, he still can play somewhat, but it's obvious that he's nowhere near the top tier of NBA big men any more. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs look no further than the details released from a panel of experts from ESPN, which considered him the 27th best player in the league and the 12th best big man after Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bynum, Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol, Chris Bosh, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Garnett, Tyson Chandler and Marc Gasol. It should go without saying that the panel is correct, and that there is no reason whatsoever to doubt their expertise. I'm sure that each and every one of them watched a lot of Spurs games (probably a majority, possibly every single one) and checked out every stat available before casting their vote. It should, in fact, go without saying. Even if, for some purely illogical reason, you are somewhat opposed to taking the panel's view as gospel, you would have to grant that the "Duncan is not that good anymore" narrative has been part of the news cycle for a couple of years now.

I think it is agreed by all parties that we as Spurs fans must fall in line with what those in the know have told us repeatedly: Tim Duncan is pretty much done. With that in mind, I'll have to be a little harsher than usual in my assessment for the YCDB post on Tim. And so, for each dimension of Duncan's game I analyze, I will choose one of the players that the panel ranked above him to be considered his mentor in that part of the game. That way, in case the supposed future Hall of Famer is actually committed to improving his play, he'll have someone to look to as an example. So, let's examine at Tim's rebounding, offense and defense.