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IN GOOD COMPANY
David Sabino
June 27, 2007
IF TRUE NBA GREATNESS DEMANDS A COMBINATION OF INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AND TEAM success, then a strong case can be made that the league's most understated superstar, Tim Duncan, is also one of its finest ever. The Spurs' latest title makes Duncan one of just six players in NBA history with a career scoring average of 20 or more points to have won at least four championships. The common thread among these players is that each was the focal point of multiple championship teams over long periods of time and, in most cases, on both ends of the floor. Here's a comparison of the players who most epitomize success.
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June 27, 2007

In Good Company

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TITLE TEAMS: Bucks, Lakers
NBA CAREER: 1969-70 to '88-89
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 6
CAREER SCORING AVERAGE: 24.6
CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE: 11.2
CAREER ASSISTS AVERAGE: 3.6
MVP AWARDS: 6
FINALS MVP AWARDS: 2
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMS: 10
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS: 5
ALL-STAR APPEARANCES: 19
20-PPG TITLE TEAMMATES: Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, Jamaal Wilkes

TIM DUNCAN

TITLE TEAM: Spurs
NBA CAREER: 1997-98 to present
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4
CAREER SCORING AVERAGE: 23.9
CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE: 12.6
CAREER ASSISTS AVERAGE: 3.5
MVP AWARDS: 2
FINALS MVP AWARDS: 3
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMS: 9
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS: 7
ALL-STAR APPEARANCES: 9
20-PPPG TITLE TEAMMATES: 0

*Stats kept since 1950-51
?First awarded in 1955-56
?First awarded in 1968-69

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