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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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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.

GEORGE MIKAN

TITLE TEAM: Lakers
NBA CAREER: 1948-49 to '55-56
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4
CAREER SCORING AVERAGE: 23.1
CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE: 9.5*
CAREER ASSISTS AVERAGE: 2.8
MVP AWARDS: 0?
FINALS MVP AWARDS: 0?
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMS: 5
ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAMS: 0?
ALL-STAR APPEARANCES: 4
20-PPG TITLE TEAMMATES: 0

MICHAEL JORDAN

TITLE TEAM: Bulls
NBA CAREER: 1984-85 to '92-93, '94-95 to '97-98, '01-02 to '02-03
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 6
CAREER SCORING AVERAGE: 30.1
CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE: 6.2
CAREER ASSISTS AVERAGE: 5.3
MVP AWARDS: 5
FINALS MVP AWARDS: 6
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMS: 10
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS: 9
ALL-STAR APPEARANCES: 14
20-PPG TITLE TEAMMATE: Scottie Pippen

JOHN HAVLICEK

TITLE TEAMS: Celtics
NBA CAREER: 1962-63 to '77-78
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 8
CAREER SCORING AVERAGE: 20.8
CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE: 6.3
CAREER ASSISTS AVERAGE: 4.8
MVP AWARDS: 0
FINALS MVP AWARDS: 1
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMS: 3
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS: 4
ALL-STAR APPEARANCES: 13
20-PPG TITLE TEAMMATES: Bailey Howell, Dave Cowens, Sam Jones

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL

TITLE TEAMS: Lakers, Heat
NBA CAREER: 1992-93 to present
CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4
CAREER SCORING AVERAGE: 25.5
CAREER REBOUNDING AVERAGE: 12.1
CAREER ASSISTS AVERAGE: 2.8
MVP AWARDS: 1
FINALS MVP AWARDS: 3
ALL-NBA FIRST TEAMS: 7
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAMS: 0
ALL-STAR APPEARANCES: 14
20-PPG TITLE TEAMMATES: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

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