Kobe Bryant is 3 years younger than Tim Duncan but Kobe has been in the NBA one year longer. In both of their careers they have been more than just successful, they have both proven to be 2 of the 10 greatest players to ever play in the NBA. Kobe Bryant is a 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, and 1-time NBA MVP while Tim Duncan is a 4-time NBA Champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 2-time NBA MVP, and Duncan is currently fighting to win his fifth NBA championship. They have had illustrious careers but who’s had the better career?
I believe Tim Duncan is the best player to play the position of Power Forward and Kobe Bryant is stuck as the second best player to play the Shooting Guard position, thanks to Michael Jordan. People like to use the fact that Kobe played with Shaquille O’Neal (the most dominate Center of the past 15 years) against Kobe because Tim Duncan has always been the superstar on his teams. I find that argument to be petty because Kobe Bryant is the fifth on the all-time scoring list and has proven time and time again that he is a legend. The biggest advantage Duncan has on Kobe is that the San Antonio Spurs organization has done a much better job building around him the the Los Angeles Lakers organization has done building around Kobe.
To say one is better than the other is hard to do and to critique either of them without nitpicking is virtually impossible. Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have both had almost flawless careers and they will both go down in history has 2 of the greatest.