• Finalizado
    FINAL
    2015-09-12
    Argentina 71
    Venezuela 76
  • Finalizado
    BRONCE
    2015-09-12
    Mexico 86
    Canada 87
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Argentina 78
    Mexico 70
  • Finalizado
    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Canada 78
    Venezuela 79
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Mexico 95
    Argentina 83
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Uruguay 69
    Puerto Rico 80
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Dominicana 103
    Canada 120
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Panama 62
    Venezuela 75
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Mexico 73
    Canada 94
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Panama 71
    Puerto Rico 78
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Venezuela 75
    Uruguay 77
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Argentina 92
    Dominicana 84

Clash of Titans

Tim Duncan clinched the tenth place historical in rebounds and could surpass Kevin Garnett as the all-time rebounder among active players.
On December 31, in the game that San Antonio Spurs won at home to New Orleans Pelicans by 95-93, Tim Duncan reached the tenth place in the all-time rebounds list. Duncan finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds for a total of 14,250 in his career (and counting).

But let's figure out what are his real chances for improvement. Duncan is currently second all-time rebounder among active players, and Kevin Garnett is just ahead of him, and who will surely surpass this very season. Among them there are too many similarities.

They both have the same age (38 years), were born the same year (1976), with less than a month apart (even share zodiac sign Taurus. Duncan was born on April 25 and KG on May 19). They have developed very long careers, worthy of Hall of Fame, with records, leaderrship and titles (Duncan scored his fifth ring with the Spurs last year while KG was crowned with the Celtics in 2008).

They played mostly as power forwards, and in many seasons also as a center. In much the same height (7'0" Tim versus 6'11" of the former Celtic), very similar versatility and very complete for being internal players. Garnett is better passer and stealer (he had six seasons with at least 400 assists and 100 steals in Minnesota). he has tried a little more from the three-point line (although his contribution is testimonial, 0.4 average with .277 pct), and he's not bad in blocks (nine seasons surpassing 100 blocks, two of them with at least two per night), although in this paragraph Tim is much more efficient (only one season has lowered the hundred, in 2011-12 due to the lockout).

Now let's go further. The two have similar career averages in points (Duncan 19.8, Garnett 18.4) and rebounding (11.1 to 10.3) and their field-goal percentages are almost identical (.505 against .497). But it is precisely in those stats where Tim gets stronger. Although he started his career two years after The Kid (the U.S. Virgin Islander is in its 18th season, the born in South Carolina is currently in his 20th), Duncan is cutting distance year after year. Since his senior year at Wake Forest to his fourth title with the Spurs (2006-07) he has been averaging 20+10 consistently, and only last year he had lost (assumingly, forever) the 20-point-per-game average line in his whole career. His worst year in terms of averages, was the 2010-11 season, 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds respectively.

Garnett instead has shown in his career a much more irregular curve. He debuted in the 1995-96 season with barely 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, had a spectacular performance peak between 2002 and 2005 (24 points, 13.5 total rebounds and more than 10 defensive rebounds per game) then he went down significantly, especially since his second year in Boston (15 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 minutes). In season 2010-11 he lost the 20-points-per-game line (18.4 career average) and last year he lost the .500 in career field goal percentage. His role in Brooklyn has become much more marginal than expected, and although lost double digits in points and rebounds still averaging over 10 in his career (10.3), which will hold it securely to the rest of the season, which is expected to be his last.
Matias Barmat (@worldhoopstats)

Lecturas: 228 - 2015-01-07