The thing is, in my mind, Ducan isn't a power forward. He's a center. His height, and reach give him a distinct advantage over shorter guys who weren't as long, like Malone, Barkley, etc...
Tim Duncan is a tweener, who can play either position. Malone and Barkley could only play the power forward spot.
As far as bringing up the fact that Duncan has three titles, while Malone and Barkley don't have any, there is one very important thing to consider. Duncan never had to square off against a team led by Michael Jordan. Jordan kept Barkely from winning a ring in his finals series versus the Suns, and then he did the same thing twice against Malone in consecutive finals with the Jazz. Could Duncan have beat one of those Jordan led Bulls teams?? Very doubtful. Also, one of those titles came against a terrible Knicks team, in a strike shortened season. So you can basically throw that one out. Also, the title they won against Kidd and the Nets, was nothing like having to play against those great Bulls teams.
Also those that argue that Barkley and Malone, had guys like Kevin Johnson and Stockton to get them the ball...Parker, and Ginobili aren't exactly chopped liver themselves, and make Duncan's game much easier. Basically what this all boils down to is that Tim Duncan was in the right place (San Antonio), at exactly the right time (after Michael Jordan had already retired).
Tim Duncan...the best power forward ever??
If so, it's only because he's had lady luck on his side.
· 1 decade ago