Career wise longevity is my main argument
Klay’s number is 11
It's not really a hypothetical, I'm basically saying that what KG did with his team was as impressive as what Duncan did with his. KG 100% peaked higher than Duncan according to stats.
PER: KG has 2 seasons better than Duncan's best
WS/48: KG has 2 seasons better than Duncan's best
BPM: KG has 4 seasons better than Duncan's best
RAPM: KG has 3 seasons better than Duncan's best
Box score and plus-minus based advanced stats give KG's peak the edge
Hypotheticals can't constitute a top list. The fact of the matter is that rings are rings, there's no substitution of talent for what a player wasn't able to accomplish given their situation which is a sad reality. The gap of what they accomplished career wise is so far that it's comical you have it put '52/48' to KG when he has no edge whatsoever. Stats and eye test taken into account
I personally think that KG is underrated and Duncan is slightly overrated. Then again this list isn't 100%, as in KG, TD and DROB (as well as some others like Bill Russell) are interchangeable for the 11th spot, same with Kobe and Oscar, Bird and Shaq etc. I just give KG the edge but I can definitely see why you could put TD over him. It's like 52/48 to KG.
I personally think that it's the perfect example of a player being considered better than another player who was just as good just because they have more rings. Don't get me wrong I know Duncan didn't always have a great supporting cast and he carried his team to a title in 2003, I just think that KG around that time was just as impressive, he happened to have a slightly worse team around him. I'd say he peaked a bit higher than Duncan. I wont argue you giving Duncan the edge, I will argue the gap being as big as you are making it out to be though
KG > TD is blasphemous... I don't think any logical argument could be made for that case even taking into account their peaks. Not only does Duncan trump him in longevity, he anchored the model for what a dynasty is known as today.
This was worse than the original lmao and that list had Elgin Baylor
I just saw Bron at 1, you've earnt my respect