Tim Duncan is one of the most underrated superstars of all time. His quiet personality both on and off the court meant he never got all the attention but Duncan is still widely considered to be the greatest power forward to ever play the game. He had legendary battles with the other greats of his era, players like Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett, often getting the better of them.
Duncan has been described as many things, consistent, reliable, dominant, but only Metta Sandiford-Artest (formerly known as Metta World Peace and Ron Artest), has ever described Duncan as a p*mp. Talking to ESPN in 2006, Sandiford-Artest spoke about the time he saw Duncan categorically dominate Garnett during a clash between the two superstars.
"I remember one time Kevin Garnett was mushing him, and shoving him in the face; and Tim Duncan didn't do anything, he didn't react. He just kicked Kevin Garnett's a--, and won the damn championship. You know what I'm sayin'? That's gangsta.
"Everybody can show emotion, dunk on somebody, scream and be real cocky; but Tim Duncan is a ... he's a p*mp."
Garnett and Duncan faced each other 52 times over the course of their careers and Duncan came out on top 33 different times. His excellent San Antonio Spurs team had something to do with it, considering that Garnett was on poor Minnesota Timberwolves teams for a large part of his career, but it was clear that Duncan dominated more games, averaging more rebounds and blocks than Garnett despite putting up nearly the same amount of points.
Duncan won 5 NBA championships with the Spurs while picking up 2 MVPs and 3 Finals MVPs. His understated personality may have not drawn much attention, but Duncan is clearly widely respected among fans of the game and the players he played alongside for the majority of his storied career.