San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan decided to step away from the game on Monday.
The back-to-back MVP is undoubtedly one of the most successful players in league history, but is he the best power forward ever? The 40-year-old faces stiff competition from numerous power forwards.
Since coming into the league in 1998, longtime Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki has been named an All-Star 13 times and led his squad to the 2011 NBA title. Hall of Famer Karl Malone was named the NBA MVP twice and earned 11-straight All-NBA First Team nods during his career.
Perhaps players like Charles Barkley and Kevin Garnett also deserve to be in the argument, but that’s for you to decide.
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Duncan averaged 20.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over his career, all of which was spent in San Antonio. He was drafted in 1997 out of Wake Forest, where he was a two-time consensus First-Team All-American.
The power forward leaves behind a 19-year career that includes five NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVP nominations and 15 All-Star Game selections.