Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Texas_news_fe31

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan was once known as the best power forward in the game and will be known for the foreseeable future as the greatest power forward ever.  But there's no denying Duncan's game has slipped some in recent years, mostly due a bulkier knee and an advanced age.  On top of that, the power forward position hasn't been this strong since Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Chris Webber were on its way up and Karl Malone was at the tail end of his career.  As a result, Sean Deveney of Sporting News has ranked Duncan sixth among power forwards in the league.

Ahead of Duncan was (in order) Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol.  What's interesting about this list is Deveney chose to make Kevin Garnett and Chris Bosh centers.  Garnett made the transition midway through last season for the first time in his career and Bosh did it for part of the Heat playoff run.  However, Duncan's been the Spurs' defacto center since DeJuan Blair moved in to the starting line up.  So to list Duncan as a power forward, but not Bosh and KG seems a bit off.

But, using Deveney's list, you could argue Duncan is properly ranked on this list.  You could also argue he's a little too low, or rather a couple of guys are a little too high.  Kevin Love is a unique talent, ferocious rebounder and improving defender.  Tough to argue his position at the top.  Same goes for LaMarcus Aldridge.  Unfortunately he's tucked away in a small market on a mediocre team so he doesn't get as much notice, but he probably has a better all around game than any other guy on this list.  Blake Griffin is a few spots too high.  He's tough to defend, but he has just as tough a time defending the other guys on this list.  To add to that, his mid-range game didn't improve much last season.  Still, they guy's a lock to average 20 and 10 so it's hard to move him too far down the list.

Is Dirk Nowitzki ranked too high?  He's still incredibly difficult to defend (that jumper will always be impossible to defend), but are we allowed to say 2011 was Dirk's final run as an elite guy?  Am I overreacting from a good but not great lockout shortened, post-title hangover season?  These are all things I'm interested in finding out in this coming season.

If we move Duncan to center he's easily top five and maybe top three.  Dwight Howard, assuming he's healthy, is still number one.  Andrew Bynum, assuming he's healthy, is still number two but is there a clear cut number three?  Tyson Chandler is a great defensive anchor and Marc Gasol is a terrific all around center but would you rather have either of them over Duncan for the next year or two?  Obvious it's not an apples to apples comparison, but advanced stats say Duncan still has a bigger impact on the game.

We can argue positions some other times, but power forward or center, Tim Duncan still has a serious impact on the game.  By the way, Deveney ranked Tony Parker fourth among point guards, Manu Ginobili fifth among shooting guards and didn't have Kawhi Leonard ranked in his top ten among small forwards.  He will next year.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

HBO's Lampley feels 'terrible' for those who paid for fight

Has Blake Griffin taken the next step?

Mike Evans liked Winston more than Mariota

Ernie Johnson gives his Emmy to Stuart Scott’s daughters

Titus Young avoids prison, receives probation

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland to golf community

Ex sues Mayweather for $20M for lying in Couric interview

The NBA needs to leave 'hack-a-whoever' rules alone

Top Rank threatens to sue over Mayweather-Pacquiao piracy

Titans already tailoring offense to suit Mariota's strengths

Pettine: Manziel isn't favorite for Browns' starting QB job

Mike Wallace: 'I'm the fastest player in the NFL'

Ty Lawson could be trade target for Celtics

WATCH: Zack Greinke does great bat flip after hitting double

WATCH: Fan uses beer as ice pack after being hit by ball

La'el Collins reportedly has 'airtight alibi' in murder case

WATCH: Stephen Curry nails shot from hallway prior to game

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

No homers, no problem for Cubs' Kris Bryant

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

NFL releases times and dates for preseason slate

Fans file $5M class action suit against Pacquiao over injury

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

No easy solution to the problem of early NFL draft entrants

What’s next for the Spurs?

Cauley-Stein changes middle name to 'Trill'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.