why wouldn't I put Duncan above Shaq and Hakeem? What does he lack exactly? Or did you not read the very first line you quoted?
when all things considered
meaning, rings, accolades, stats, longevity, importance to team, basketball IQ and some intangible stuff like leadership.
Duncan has 4 rings, 3 FMVPs, 2 MVPs, 13 All NBA teams (10 First team) , 14 All NBA Defensive Team (8 First team). On top, he is the most fundamentally sound big man EVER. He is the primary reason why Spurs were able to dominate so long with their 2-way game. He may not have the aggressive attitude Shaq had in his prime, but he didn't need it to dominate a game. For sure I will include Shaq's prime over Duncan, but I'm not doing a peak performance assessment. Hakeem is one of the best two-way players the game has ever seen but for some reason people tend to overrate him by just mentioning his footwork in any argument. He was more than that, but the Dream stuff also made him look someone who he wasn't. For example, he wasn't the sole reason Rockets won 2 titles back to back. Or he didn't destroy Shaq. (maybe other way around) That including with other criteria I mentioned above doesn't put him above Duncan in my lists.
As for Russell, he was the version of Duncan or Hakeem in his time with his defensive prowess. He posessed outstanding athleticism, and basketball IQ. He was a natural born leader. But at the same time 11-ring stuff overvalues him. Lack of offensive skills is one of the major reasons I left him out of Top 10. He, Oscar, Moses, West share the 4 spots after Top 10 in no order.
Tim Duncan lacks DOMINANCE the way that Hakeem and Shaq had. Offensively, Hakeem makes Duncan look like a scrub. I wouldn't worry about Duncan offensively like I would The Dream.
What does Hakeem Olajuwon lack? Champion, MVP, Finals MVP, DPOY, All Star, Rebounding Champion, Blocks Champion, All NBA, All Defensive.
Spurs weren't dominate. They've won four championships...big whoop. How many times have they choked? Particularly when being a top seed?
Duncan hasn't hit the 20 PPG mark in what? 5 or 6 years? Only time Hakeem didn't hit the 20 PPG mark was in the waning days of his career (35-39 years of age).
Hakeem? You don't solve Hakeem
- The Admiral David Robinson
If I had to pick a center [for an all-time best team], I would take Olajuwon. That leaves out Shaq, Patrick Ewing. It leaves out Wilt Chamberlain. It leaves out a lot of people. And the reason I would take Olajuwon is very simple: he is so versatile because of what he can give you from that position. It's not just his scoring, not just his rebounding or not just his blocked shots. People don't realize he was in the top seven in steals. He always made great decisions on the court. For all facets of the game, I have to give it to him.
- The GOAT Michael Jordan
Tim Duncan ain't got [expletive] on Hakeem Olajuwon