Last 10 years, take your pick between Duncan, Shaq and Hakeem.
For me personally, I'd go with
Last 50 years?
Duncan is one of the all time greats. Has a complete mastery of the game. The perfect superstar in that he is very unselfish and willing to play a team game to win championships. Isn't all about his numbers and ego. I really don't think Duncan gets enough respect because he is "boring". Which I think is crap.
Guys like David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley seem to get every excuse in the world for being chokers and underachievers. Some have the nerve to call these guys all timers. Listen these three were very good players, even hall of famers. But they are a notch below Duncan's level. They didn't excel enough at every facet of the game like Duncan. They didn't step up in the big games. Who cares about Jordan, if you want to be considered an all timer, you step you game up when it counts, and these three didn't do enough of that.
As for Karl Malone, he is certainly an all timer for his longevity and scoring prowess. But he is always a notch below Duncan and Kevin McHale because of this choking in the most important games. It wasn't Jordan's fault that he blew those free throws. Or that he disappeared in virtually every Finals game. Or that he threw away the ball. Malone was great, but not great enough.
I'm not going to answer this since Tim Duncan is my favourite player and I'm obviously biased towards him.
I just wanted to say that it's pointless to compare the NBA now with what it was 50 or even 30 years ago, since the game changed SOO much, from the athleticism of the players, to the phisicality and skill of the game, to the game strategies used...You can still however rate them compared to their importance to the game at that certain time, but since the overall number of players in the world and the quality of their game is increasing, I think the guys today are the creme de creme...
tim duncan is leagues above guys like ewing and robinson. ewing was a mild rebounder and robinson was soft and got schooled by the dream when he won MVP and was in his prime, even 22 years old shaq put much more of a fight than robinson did.
duncan surpassed malone in my GPFOAT (greatest PF) a long time ago because he doesnt choke in the finals like malone, he plays better defense (no, elbowing other players and putting them to sleep like malone did isnt good defense, it is just dirty defense) and duncan is a 3-time NBA champion and finals MVP only in 9 season.
duncan should be ranked right up there with shaq, wilt, kareem, malone and all the elite big men in NBA history.