Both were amazing players, but Duncan gets the nod from me. They were always very close, though, whether it be career-wise, peak seasons, or H2H.
That's a pretty fair assessment to me - it certainly sounds much less wild than perk's take just now, which seems very biased towards volume scoring in general (again I'm not disparaging his take, I just find it hard to wrap my head around putting Dirk/Barkley/Malone above KG unless you don't value defence and court awareness at all in favour of high volume scoring).
I personally lean in favour of KG (yes it's pretty crazy), I think his apex was just short of the GOAT peaks (eg. Jordan, Shaq, LeBron), and he has a portability boost due to what drives his overall impact (eg. quality outside shooting and GOAT level big man passing on offence, GOAT level help/perimeter defence and elite rim protection for a big) being able to hold value on better and better teams (which imo puts his '04 season right around '00 Shaq and '13 Bron). The higher peak of KG and similar longevity to Duncan (although Duncan had more quality years in the back end of his career) gives him a tiny advantage to me. I'm probably looking at KG with some really rosy glasses, but to me his skillset and career was so unique that I think he could be put in that rarified air even among ATGs.
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