- Apr 20, 2009
Ton of revisionist hyperbole regarding Duncan. Extrapolating his numbers to claim he could play and defend 4 positions on the floor doesn't make a lot of sense. Again, if it's your opinion that he "could" (if given the opportunity), you're certainly entitled. But I would offer the following:RE all-time ... about four years ago the Times-Dispatch picked "the greatest player ever at each high school." It was based overwhelming on an athlete's career achievements. Not saying that is correct, but that tends to be way these thing are selected. Dandridge got it for Maggie Walker even though the Green Dragons never won the VIA title while he was there. Dandridge was a late bloomer who didn't start to come into his own until he was at Norfolk State. That said, it was hard to hide two NBA titles. RE Calvin Duncan ... as a senior the springy, powerfully built 6-3 for-guard averaged 15.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He was capable of scoring and defending anywhere on the floor, much like man-child Jesse Dark before him. More recently a comparison might be Korey Billbury as a do-it-all kind of Ram.
1) JD pretty much played 5 starters and a VERY shallow bench, so I assure you Duncan was rarely given the opportunity to play out of position.
2) "Innovative" and "adjustments" are two terms I rarely hear associated with JD. So the thought of JD ever saying "hey, maybe having Duncan guard their power forward might work" is a fairy tale.
This is not to say that Calvin wasn't a great multi-skilled player. But I think claiming he could play 4 positions on the court (at 6'3") is an exaggeration. I also wouldn't exactly consider him "springy."