You canīt compare Malone,Garnett or Duncan stats,because you canīt compare apples and oranges.Every superstar willing to play for Popovich will have to sacrifice his regular season numbers.Spurs play at slow pace and the starters play limited minutes because they use regular season to get ready for the playoffs.
Example 99 Spurs.They won championship averaging 92.8 ppg (opponent 84.7 ppg).Compare with 90 Jazz (106.8 ppg,opponent 102 ppg) and you have apples and oranges.
If you wish to play the stats game,play the whole game.Folks like to bring Duncanīs regular season stats(guy averaged 22/12/3/3 for 10 years,which is great IMO),but forget about Duncanīs playoff stats.Why?I donīt know.
Last time I checked,rings are earned in the postseason.Problem here is that Duncan plays more than 34 mpg. thus his numbers are up
Thatīs why Duncan is ranked among all-playoffs leaders:by blocks(4th),rebounds(8th) and total points(13th)
plus Duncan owns better averages than Malone or Garnett
Duncan 23.8 ppg (50.7%) 12.5 rb 2.8 blk mpg(40.1)
Malone 24.7 ppg (46.2%) 10.7 rb 0.7 blk mpg(41)
Garnett 22.3 ppg (45.8%) 13.4 rb 1.9 blk mpg (42.6)
Believe me,stats are a dangerous tool.Donīt play the game
Duncan 23.8 ppg (50.7%) 12.5 rb 2.8 blk mpg(40.1) (4 championships,3 finals MVP)
Larry Bird 23.8 ppg (47.2%) 10.3 rb 0.9 blk mpg (42.0) (3 championships,2 finals MVP)
Make not mistake I donīt give a **** about stats.Facts are more important .
what happened to 2000 Spurs when Duncan blew out his knee,shortly before the end of the regular season?Come playoffs time and Suns destroyed the champs in the first round.The Funny thing is that Duncan playoff record is 4-0 versus Suns
I love the asterisk thing.
Thats why Duncan is the real NBA MVP .Thats why he led three different teams four times to the promised land.