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Community Shootaround: Duncan, KG, And Kobe

Kobe Bryant‘s final season was one of the NBA’s top stories throughout the 2015/16 season, capped with a 60-point performance in the Lakers’ regular-season finale against the Jazz. However, Bryant wasn’t the only longtime NBA star who called it a career in 2016. Tim Duncan announced his retirement in the summer, and Kevin Garnett did the same this fall.

Bryant, Duncan, and Garnett are three of the most accomplished players of the last two decades, having combined for four MVP awards, 11 NBA titles, and an incredible 48 All-Star appearances. While they were hardly at their best in 2015/16, their career résumés prior to last season were strong enough to ensure they’ll become Hall-of-Famers as soon as they become eligible.

In a community roundtable, the basketball writers at SI.com look at the three retired stars and attempt to determine which one they’ll miss the most. The trio had very different styles of play, with Garnett defined by his intensity on the court, while Duncan was more of a steady, calm presence in San Antonio. As for Kobe, his production was more unpredictable than that of the two forwards, but he also had the ability to put up 50 points on any given night.

As we enter the first NBA season since 1994/95 in which none of these three players will take the court, which one will you miss the most? Bryant, Duncan, or Garnett? Take to the comments section below to weigh in and share your thoughts on the three retiring stars.

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5 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: Duncan, KG, And Kobe

  1. Boston2AZ

    “While they were hardly at their best in 2015/16, their career résumés prior to last season were strong enough to ensure they’ll become Hall-of-Famers as soon as they become eligible.” Wow. Thank goodness that they were HOF BEFORE last season, huh? Cause, you know, having a crappy season at 40 can really hurt your chances of induction.

  2. NightOWL

    Tim Duncan without a doubt. One of my favorite players to watch growing up.

  3. Tough question. Each play their own style and position. If Garnett had stayed with one team; maybe.
    Kobe and Duncan : both.

  4. JamesW26

    Personally, I will miss Duncan the most. In an era where the me-first culture of the NBA really became dominant, having a humble and team-first superstar was refreshing.

  5. I’ll miss Garnett the most if only because I’m in Minnesota.

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