Originally Posted by jpeirpont
Shaq and Duncan aren't equals but TD's output doesn't put him among the elite this year. You are being nostalgic, Dwight Howard also belongs above him. So you think the Spurs have a chance at winning a title?
Again, TD does a lot for his team that Shaq doesn't do for Phoenix. Play for more than 30 minutes a night, for instance. Be the focal point of an offense. Be the centerpiece of one of the best team defenses in the league. Be an accountable superstar, set an example for other players, which along with Popovich sets the tone for the culture that has created the most consistently good team in the league for nearly 10 years. Etc., etc. I did put Dwight Howard above him. I'm not being nostalgic, I just think that Duncan is so consistent year in and year out and his numbers aren't eye-popping as Parker and Manu have taken on more of the scoring load that people forget how great he is and all the intangibles he brings to the table.
Obviously the Lakers are the heavy favorites, but the Spurs have a chance
, yes. By your definition the Lakers are the only contenders in their entire conference?