Kobe Bryant looks to pass while being defended by Tim Duncan during a 2008… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)
On the surface, it seems pretty simple. Kobe Bryant has been a greater player than Tim Duncan. But is he really better? It's not so simple when you look at the numbers:
Kobe has won five NBA titles with the Lakers. Tim Duncan has won four titles with the San Antonio Spurs and could win his fifth this season.
Kobe has won two NBA Finals MVP awards. Duncan has won three NBA Finals MVP awards.
Kobe is a 14-time All-Star. Duncan is a 13-time All-Star.
Kobe has won one regular-season MVP award. Duncan has won two.
Kobe has been named to the all-defensive first team nine times. Duncan has been named to the all-defensive first team eight times.
Kobe is 10th in NBA history with a 25.4 points per game average. Duncan is 48th with 20.3 points per game.
Kobe is 207th in NBA history with 5.29 rebounds per game. Duncan is 21st with 11.28 rebounds per game.
Those are the numbers. There are plenty of intangibles to consider too, such as teammates' ability, etc.
So, who gets your vote?
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