Having a quick glance through the stats of last night's games, I noticed that Tim Duncan had another monster game with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks.
Tim has had a great March and is overall having his best scoring season for 3 years and whilst his stats are not up with his career peaks, he is still averaging 17.2ppg, 9.9 rpg and 2.7bpg whilst playing under 30mpg. In his younger years he was playing 39 to 40mpg and in his mid career and the Spurs peak Championship years he was playing 33 to 35mpg. So to my mind this year Tim is doing statistically better than during his mid career and would not be that far behind his peak statistical MVP years given he is playing nearly 25% less minutes than he was then.
So do with the Spurs already at 52 wins this season do you all think it is fair to say that at only a month off his 37th birthday, Tim Duncan is still as effective as ever?
Timmy is playing fantastic basketball and has been incredibly effective this season. He has actually played at a level much better than his previous two seasons, where he dropped off ever so slightly from the norm. The major issue is him being the same old Tim Duncan in the play-offs. If you look at the past couple seasons, he has had a tremendous drop-off in efficiency around that time.
Thought he would murder OKC's front line last year, he did alright, not quite what one might expect given the rest Pop gave him. We all know the issues he and the Spurs had with Memphis, with him definitely looking like he may be past the Old Tim Duncan. This season he has been fantastic, his line from last night was completely ridiculous. Definitely have to look past him playing less and know he still has a major impact when he is on the court, which at his age is incredible.
Still, think people might want to chill on "Tim Duncan being as good as ever" until the play-offs. He has definitely lost a step and is not the same old Tim Duncan, who during his prime would have murked OKC. Even this season, though the Spurs have a 2-1 advantage, Timmy has not exactly killed it in those games. They looked unstoppable last season, yet energy and having the two best players worked towards the advantage of Oklahoma City.
San Antonio seems to be playing even better than they were last season, just do not think that Tim Duncan is as effective as he has ever been, especially against legitimate contenders. He has struggled against the Thunder, Clippers and Lakers, plus Memphis still might be tough around play-off time. The Heat game on the 31st will be interesting, though again not sure how much it will tell once he goes through the West and last years champs get into play-off mode rather than the more likely cool down mode by than.
So, Tim Duncan, still highly effective, just think one is kidding themselves if they think he has not lost a step and is as effective as during his prime, MVP level, championship years. Especially in the post-season, though he has this one to prove otherwise.
Indiana Basketball always seems to have insights on these issues but I was told Duncan has been fighting through nagging injuries for the past couple years and he's finally healthy. That could help explain the resurgence we're witnessing
His knee is still sort of iffy, but its a lot better than it has been the past couple years. He's already my DOPY, and top 5 on my MVP list. He's been unstoppable the past 3 games. I want to see him keep this up even when Parker gets back, I'd love to see him turn the clock back 10 years this post-season.
Thanks for the feedback folks, as usual Indyball hits it right on the head, we have yet to see how Tim will cope in the play offs.
In the old days the Spurs almost used to hit another gear in the play offs, when teams like Phoenix were blazing the regular season, teams like the Spurs were almost pacing themselves. It was almost like the heats of an Olympic event where athletes almost do as little as need be to get through and conserve energy then come the semi finals and final they will go to 100%, the Spurs were almost like that.
A lot of this could well have been Coach Poppovich playing Tim Duncan more minutes in the play offs and when he'd go ro a much tighter roster. For the last couple of years this hasn't happened and the Spurs have not progressed but will it happen again we'll have to wait and see.
Also on a lighter note will me all be playing "spot Dujaun Blair" as he seems to suddenly go out of rotation at play off team when Coach Poppovich favours his experienced frontcourters.
LeBron is my favourite, and I want that Miami team to be dominant dynasty but if not them it would be so cool Timmy gets his FIFTH at age of 37 and still finals MVP, what a greatness that would be..
Lalalia, that is a very real possibility considering the way he has been playing and the way the Spurs have been playing. And it would be awesome for Timmy and a great statement for the Spurs and Pop as being the class of the 21st Century so far.
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are two NBA players who have aged as gracefully as ever these last few years