Who is Tim Duncan's best teammate ever? The Big Fundamental had a lot of NBA All Star teammates over the course of his long and storied NBA career. Duncan was a 15-time All Star and NBA All-Defense player. Tim Duncan's greatest teammates have included NBA champions, longtime journeyman, and talented rookies here and there. But who is the best Tim Duncan teammate of all time? Which of Tim Duncan's teammates throughout his entire career did you love to watch most?
When it comes to Tim Duncan's best teammates, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have to be at the top. The trio joined forces to win four NBA championships together for the San Antonio Spurs. Other Tim Duncan teammates like David Robinson, Robert Horry, and Kawhi Leonard are among some the best NBA players of all time.
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For the first six years of his professional career, Tim Duncan was able to learn, play alongside, and win, with the great David Robinson. The Hall of Famer, Scoring Champ, and 10-time All-Star was a staple in the San Antonio Spurs for his entire career, but after missing nearly an entire season during the 1996-97 campaign, the Spurs were able to draft Duncan and pair him alongside Robinson, and the rest was basketball history. Together, this duo created one of the most elite defensive backcourts in league history, and would eventually go on to win two championships in their six years together, and begin the dynasty that would be known as the San Antonio Spurs.
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Tony Parker spent 17 out of his 18 seasons playing with the San Antonio Spurs, and 15 of those seasons playing alongside the great Tim Duncan. Parker proved to be the ultimate partner to play alongside Duncan, as they would play a staggering 1,214 regular season games together, and would win four championships along the way. Together, Parker and Duncan solidified the Spurs as a perennial title contender, one of the greatest modern franchises in all of sports, and one of the most fun teams the NBA has ever seen. Parker played every game he could with the Big Fundamental, and the two have become lifelong friends throughout their time together.
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Hall of Famer and one of the greatest foreign players to ever step foot in the NBA, Manu Ginobili may have never put up the stats to showcase him as a superstar, but he will always be remembered as one of the most important pieces in a dynasty that redefined the NBA. Ginobili and Tim Duncan would play 1,055 total games together over 14 seasons, would win four NBA titles together, and had some of the most electric and incredible chemistry of any two players in NBA history. Ginobili was the superstar that Duncan needed, and vise versa, and together, they truly made magic on the court.
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When Kawhi Leonard was drafted to the San Antonio Spurs, no one knew the superstar he would transform into. At the time, Tim Duncan was still the top dog in the franchise, and the Spurs organization was looking to build around him and help him win one last championship. Together, Leonard and Duncan played phenomenal team basketball and eventually even won a championship. Together, this duo only played five years together before Duncan would retire from the NBA, but they will always be remembered in history as the final chapter of the legendary Spurs dynasty.
Bruce Bowen would become the perfect 3-and-D player to pair next to Tim Duncan throughout the 2000s. Playing 8 total seasons with the big man, Bowen perfected his role as a gritty, rough, and tough player who wasn't afraid to do whatever it took to get his team the victory. Bowen was the starter every year he played in San Antonio up until his final season in the league, and during that time, he would help the Spurs win 3 more championships, and would even add more than a few All-Defensive Teams under his belt. While opponents often hated Bowen and his antics, there is no doubt that he was a massive piece of making the Spurs the dynasty we know them to be today.
Spurs lifer and fan favorite Sean Elliott played all but one season in his professional career with the San Antonio Spurs throughout the 90s, and he was around when the team finally drafted Tim Duncan and broke through to win the NBA championship. While Elliott was a phenomenal scorer in his prime, by the time Duncan came around, Elliott was still a starter, but his role and minutes were extremely shrunken. Elliott was hit hard with the injury bug during his last four seasons in the NBA, but he was able to lead his team on the bench, keeping spirits high and providing a veteran leadership that helped his squad with the 1999 NBA title.