9. Tim Duncan
Antiquated novelties like individuality or iconicism meant nothing to Tim Duncan, and that’s why in many ways, the metronomic “superstar” was the ultimate franchise player.
For two decades the Big Fundamental played basketball as though it were being rendered in stark black and white, reminiscent of the great big men of yesteryear.
Of course, Duncan never failed to adapt to Gregg Popovich’s constantly evolving offense either — presenting the Spurs with savvy post play, pinpoint outlet passing, stout interior defense, and a bank shot that, like Gervin’s finger roll or Dirk’s fadeaway, was a signature move for the ages.