Richard Jefferson Says Tim Duncan Was A Better Player Than Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant (L) of the Los Angeles Laker

In addition to the whole Kobe-Lebron debate, some have often wondered whether the former Los Angeles Lakers great was even better than Tim Duncan.

The two future Hall of Famers have ten NBA Championships between them, both winning five each. They also have a ridiculous amount of All-NBA and All-defensive team selections on their illustrious list of accomplishments.

On Friday, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Richard Jefferson was a guest on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast and made his opinion clear on who was the better player.


Jefferson continued:

“I’m going to go MJ one. LeBron two. Still counting though, still counting…. He’s got more years to get to that number one spot. At three I would go Kareem. Four I would go probably Tim, then five I would go Magic. Magic and Kobe are really, really close.”

Jefferson went on to add that Kobe was this generation’s Jordan, but believes Magic Johnson is the face of the Lakers franchise.

“I would still say Magic is the face of the Lakers. I think from a personality standpoint and just generationally, Kobe was amazing. What he was able to do, he was kind of this generation coming up, he was their Jordan… I’m saying like everyone watched Kobe win multiple championships and all of that. And then the next generation it’ll be LeBron was their [MJ].”

Throughout his 16-year NBA career, Jefferson has played alongside both Tim Duncan and LeBron James, so it’s quite easy to see why he would choose both of these guys over Kobe Bryant.

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