w/out the admiral, duncan wouldn't be the player he is today.
Ewing deserves some mention :p maybe in the 11-13 spot.
Statistically wise Robinson was absolutely a monster but it was him that without Duncan wouldn't have a ring. Even if I compare the statistics of Karl Malone with those of Duncan, the Mailman is clearly better, but he has no hardware. Duncan is a winner and did all the right things to win, not to mention how versatile he is even at the tender age of 36: to me only Larry Bird can be considered better than him at PF.
About Ewing, I was his biggest fan back in the days, but if the Knicks didn't get a ring when we had the chance, it was also his fault and more than just the one time against the Rockets.
Jordan - 10 scoring titles, 5 MVPs, and 6 championships. Don't know how anyone can top that.
Chamberlain - just scored so much more than anyone else.
Russell - playoff beast. The biggest reason why the Celtics won 11 rings in 13 years.
Kareem - 20 seasons in the NBA, including 6 MVP wins, shows insane consistency from season to season.
Magic - 3 MVPs, 9 years on 1st All-NBA team, 3 championships. Greatest PG of all time. Goes ahead of Bird as he beat him 2 out of the 3 times they met in the finals.
Bird - well can't have Magic without his biggest rival eh?
Kobe - 14 straight years on the All-NBA team. Not too shabby. Could even move a little higher before he retires.
Duncan - Wasn't as flashy as a lot of these other guys, but can't argue with what he's accomplished.
K. Malone - record 11 years on the first all-NBA team. Second-most points in history. With that on your resume you get a pass for not winning a championship.
Mikan - the first NBA superstar. Paved the way for everyone else on the list.