Both Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan had historic NBA careers and found great success – and championship wins too.
They are considered some of the best of the best in recent NBA history.
Gilbert Arenas got into a heated debate on his “Gil’s Arena” show, suggesting that Garnett could have been even better than Duncan had he been drafted by the San Antonio Spurs.
Arenas noted that the Spurs tanked purposely so that they could acquire Duncan when he was a draft prospect.
He said that if they had done the same for Garnett a few years before, he could have easily led the team and may have found more Finals victories.
Garnett was drafted into the league back in 1995 as the fifth overall pick.
He immediately made an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was scoring double-digits during his rookie year.
Even with the impressive power that he had and the attention he was getting, he wasn’t able to win the Finals until 2008 after he had moved to the Boston Celtics.
As for Duncan, he was the top draft pick in 1997 and transformed the Spurs overnight.
By the end of the 1999 season, Duncan and his Spurs won their first championship together.
Four more championships awaited that historic squad.
Arenas said that he believes Garnett could have found success like that if he had been selected by the Spurs.
He noted that the Spurs were already quite good when they drafted Duncan.
He said they intentionally had a bad season so that they could earn the top pick in the draft and land the Wake Forest star.
This is the sort of debate that fans have all the time.
It is full of what-ifs and contemplations about things that will never have an answer.
Duncan gained more championship wins than Garnett during their time in the league.
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