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Pick One: Larry Bird vs. Tim Duncan
Over the past month, ESPN has been running a cool series focused on their top NBA players or all time.
This week they got into their top ten players, which included Tim Duncan and Larry Bird. Both were two dynamic players who changed the game at the forward position during their era.
Who would you choose as the better player: Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
A quick bit of info on Larry "Legend" Bird
Honors
Three-time MVP (1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86), two-time Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, 10-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-D selection, Rookie of the Year (1979-80), Hall of Fame
Championships
3 (1981, 1984, 1986)
Career stats
24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 6.3 APG, .496 FG%
Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell are the only players to win three straight MVP awards.
Honors
Two-time MVP (2001-02, 2002-03), three-time Finals MVP, 15-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA selection, 15-time All-D selection, Rookie of the Year (1997-98)
Championships
5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
Career stats
19.3 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.2 BPG, .506 FG%
Duncan is the only player over the past 35 years to be named First-Team All-NBA as a rookie. His 15 All-Defensive team selections are the most in NBA history.

Who are you taking: Larry Bird or Tim Duncan?

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@mchlyang he's the Brady to Belichick!!
2 years ago·Reply
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@Bobs Perfect analogy hahahahaha
2 years ago·Reply
@kyleberke while Larry could shoot the ball well, I don't think he was quite the defender Tim Duncan was at all. While Tim couldn't shoot the ball from three, he was just as dominant as Bird for a longer period of time. I'll take Timmy anyday of the week
2 years ago·Reply
@mchylang when Bird was there he had an even better supporting cast than Duncan has had in San Antonio. Kevin Mchale, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish AND danny ainge? They had a lot of guys that could hurt you all over the floor. Couple of these guys are hall of famers
2 years ago·Reply
@bobs I'm not a Tim Duncan fan, but in regards to ESPN's list, I would agree. I wouldn't take Bird over Tim. I don't think Bird is in the top five, but then again I wouldn't put Duncan in the top five either
2 years ago·Reply