Is Darko better than Duncan? Kahn thinks so, what say you?
Tim Duncan is one of the 10 greatest basketball players ever. Darko Milicic and David Kahn are manna from heaven for would be comedians-turned-bloggers everywhere.
Still, someone has to plug that gaping hole in the center of the Western Conference All-Star team with Yao Ming done. Kahn, in his infinite wisdom, points to the scarcity of quality centers in the conference and asks, why not Darko?
Of course, Kahn thinks that Johnny Flynn and Ricky Rubio can work in the same backcourt. Also, that Ricky Rubio is coming to Minnesota.
Fortunately there are more rational minds out there to responsibly debate this, as a roundtable of writers over at NBA.com discussed the merits of Tim Duncanâ€™s All-Star candidacy:
Sekou Smith: These things are never based solely on stats. If they were, big time scorers on lousy teams would have been making All-Star teams for years. I have no problem with Duncan making it this season. There have several occasions in recent years when big man with solid but maybe not great numbers has made the All-Star team because he was on a really good team. Timmy qualifies on all counts. Duncan also has the added bonus of being one of the gameâ€™s all-time greats. That has to count for something.
One of the big men of the past Smith could be referring to is David Robinsonâ€”who, as we pointed out earlier in the season, made his final All-Star appearance 10 years ago under the same circumstances Duncan faces today.
Given the Spurs record, itâ€™s inconceivable that they only have one representative in the All-Star game (Manu Ginobili should be a lock), but the Spurs second numbers guy, Tony Parker, is one of many names lost in the gluttony of high profile guards in the Western Conference.
Duncan appears to be on the outside looking in from the fans voting for the first time, with Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki appearing to (rightfully) be getting the nod. And he faces some young, but stiff competition to shore up the bench.
An All-Star weekend without Blake Griffin in its main event is just a mockery, and Kevin Love is captivating, if only because heâ€™s one of the few nightly 25-12 threats whose point totals are often the lower number of the two (Rondo being the other, though with assists as opposed to rebounds).
Then there are the Gasol brothers, Lamar Odom, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Luis Scola doing their thing. Oh yeah, and All-Star games are a lot more fun when your big men can pass like a young Vlade Divac (cue Darko).
So where does Tim Duncan fit in here? Iâ€™m sure there will be a lot more to say on the matter in the near future, but for now, enjoy some food for thought over the weekend and a little bit of discussion on the greatest power forward of all time.