Kobe Bryant vs. Tim Duncan: Who Has Had the More Impressive Career?

Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are two of the NBA’s most successful players of all-time. In fact, according to most analysts, both Bryant and Duncan are considered two of the top 10 players of all-time.


The Similarities

It’s hard to deny ranking both players so high. NBA legends have proven to be winners. With Kobe’s five championships and Duncan’s four championships, they rank as some of the biggest winners in NBA history.

The greatest players have also proved to dominate on both ends of the court. Kobe and Duncan are two of only three players to have at least 10 selections to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive teams (the third being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

These numbers, combined with 13 All-Star appearances each, prove that these two players have been dominant for a long period of time—a trait unique to the very best NBA athletes throughout history.

Furthermore, both Duncan and Bryant have proven successful in leading their teams and performing in clutch situations.

However, after so many similarities, there are a few differences that one should consider in comparing Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan.


The Advantage of Big Men

Many claim that Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward of all-time. Although he mostly played that position in his first six seasons while teamed with David Robinson, he has played more of the center position throughout his career.

After all, at about 7’0” and 260 pounds, he has usually been the biggest player for the Spurs.

And big men have distinct advantages in this game.

Think about all of the players who appeared in the most NBA games. Players like Robert Parish, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Moses Malone should come to mind. The only small player in the top 10 of this category is John Stockton.

The reason for this pheno...

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