When talking about the greatest big-men of NBA History, you’d be near delusional to not include David Robinson. Over the course of his 14-year career, the Hall of Famer averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3 block, and 1.4 steals. The two-time champion was also Rookie of the Year in 1990, Defensive Player of the Year in 1992 (averaging 4.5 blocks and 2.3 steals) and the league MVP in 1995.

But even with all the accolades and prestige, David Robinson credits much of his success, interestingly, to his former Spurs teammate, Tim Duncan. Here’s more on the story, by HoopsHype:

Tim was maybe the best thing that happened to me in my whole career. Obviously, having owners like Red McCombs and Peter Holtwas fantastic and coaches like Larry Brown and Pop were phenomenal. But I can say that Tim is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. He helped me as an individual to grow up and be a better a player. He helped us achieve the long-term goals that we set, winning championships. And he helped us become the model franchise over a 25-year period. He was kind of that last piece of the puzzle. It’s honestly a no-brainer when you think about the synergy between the two of us and what it allowed us to accomplish.

Tim Duncan, for those that don’t know, is widely considered to be one of the best forwards in NBA History. He, like Robinson, knows a thing or two about playing good basketball.

But for him to be considered of such importance by his former teammate speaks volumes to just how good he really is.

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