NBA / Nov 3, 2011 / 4:00 pm

The NBA’s All-Tim Tebow Team

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan (photo. adidas)

Whether it’s in a desperate come-from-behind win or a devastating blowout loss, Tebow-mania has officially swept over the nation. Perhaps no athlete with such miniscule professional experience has ever been as celebrated as much as the Mile High Messiah. Certainly not in basketball. J.J. Redick enjoyed some time as college’s nice guy as well as being a top player in the early-to-mid 2000s. Unfortunately for Redick, most fans weren’t too fond of him as Duke became equally as hated as the Miami Heat.

Tim Tebow is the whole package mentally, both on the field and off. Leading up to draft day, people were questioning his mechanics and ability to play at a high level. Instead of sulking or whining about it, Tebow got to work. Using the media’s criticisms as motivation, he switched up the same mechanics that earned him a college scholarship and two national championships.

As hard of a worker as he is on the field, Tebow works equally hard to keep a clean image off of it. For example, ESPN’s Matthew Berry recently shared a story where a friend gave him an opportunity to meet the former college star at a party. Berry, a fantasy football analyst, got about what he expected. After sharing with Tebow what he did for a living along with some other small talk, they went their separate ways. Nothing out of the ordinary for someone who regularly meets NFL stars. That was until they passed by each other on Berry’s way out. Assuming Tebow most likely forgot or never really cared about their conversation, Berry expected a head nod or quick “goodbye.” Instead Berry received a gracious, “Hey Matthew. It was really great to meet you. Good luck with the podcast this year!”

It’s the little things like this that got Tebow to where he is today. Not only is he humble and down-to-earth, but he’s also a flat-out winner and one of the hardest workers you will find. These types of personalities are not easy to come by. Even though he isn’t a superstar in terms of production, Tebow was the idea behind this search for the NBA’s nicest, most humble and well-liked superstars that still have a winning drive.

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Tim Duncan
Not only do they share a first name, but Tebow and Duncan also share qualities that should be found in every champion. Boasting four rings, you’ve never once heard Duncan claim that he’s going to win, “not one, not two, not three.” Off the court, he keeps a low profile as well. Staying away from the limelight – although it might not be the hardest thing to do in San Antonio – Duncan has become an active philanthropist. He originated The Tim Duncan Foundation to raise general health awareness and fund education and youth sports in places all around the United States. He has also taken less than maximum contracts so the Spurs organization can afford hefty raises for his teammates and friends, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Duncan is an unrestricted free agent this year and we’ll likely see more of the same. The definition of a team player, he will one day retire as a multiple championship winner and one of the most humble guys to every play the game.

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Kevin Durant
Although he doesn’t have any titles in college or pro ball, Durant is as humble a superstar as you will find. The four-year veteran has already brought the Oklahoma City Thunder from the basement to the Western Conference Finals and his ceiling is sky high. Known as one of the NBA’s nicest guys, Durant is constantly giving his time and money to the less fortunate. Anybody can attend or donate to a charity event, but Durant also brings the kindness home with him. Who else plays in a college flag football game on a whim? And then stays there afterwards signing autographs for all the shocked students? Kids who live in the neighborhood often ring the doorbell just to see if he can chat for a while and Durant is never hesitant to answer, even during playoff time. Back in his Texas days, Durant was scheduled to be on the cover of Dime. Rather than be on the cover alone, he refused to pose unless all of his starting teammates could join him. Durant’s also owed a lot of credit for his dedication to a smaller market team. While superstars were changing uniforms ad nauseum last summer, Durant remained committed to Oklahoma City, inking a five-year $86 million extension to stay in the league’s 25th-ranked market.

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  • Rose?

    Rose is a great player but I don’t know about including a guy who had someone else take his SAT on an All-Tebow team.

  • beiber newz

    I’m started to get really annoyed with these 2 page articles. it’s a cheap way of generating website traffic or watever. filling a page with enough fluff just in order to have multiple pages. i’m not gonna click any further. cuz i’m tight.

  • http://facebook.com/escribame Big Freeze

    I’m a diehard Gator fan and Tebow supporter. He is a college football legend in my book. That being said, have you watched him play quarterback in the NFL? It’s not easy to watch. He just can’t get the ball out in time, and the the times he does, his accuracy is terrible. He really is playing some of the worst football I’ve ever seen from an NFL QB. Hopefully he will get better at throwing the ball, but right now he has the worst QBR in the league.

    So if you’re going to make an NBA-Tebow team, they should be players who were great in college, didn’t really cut it in the NBA, but were still loved by fans (and hated by others).

    Mateen Cleaves stands out as an example. Adam Morrison is another.

  • UncheckedAggression

    Yeah, I’m not so sure about associating great professional basketball players with a guy that is widely considered a joke professionally in his respective sport.

  • JM

    @Big Freeze hit it on the head with his comment.

  • RonNation

    Greg Ostertag all Tim Tebow team

  • RonNation

    also fuck ur 2 page article format

    read this site a lot less since that shit got implemented

  • http://dimemag.com panchitoooo

    @RonNation

    why do you read this article alot less since the 2 page article got implemented?

  • Seven Duece

    Wake me when Tebow has done something in the post season besides get knocked the eff out or ridiculed for that ridiculous kneel.

  • First & Foremost

    “For that ridiculous kneel”

    HE IS PRAYING FOR GOODNESS SAKES. I’m sorry praying isn’t as a cool as throwing up gang signs and secret handshakes. How is it ridiculous to pray? When is it not a good time pray?

  • yentron

    when was jj redick ever college’s nice guy? everyone knows hes a complete asshole and has been since high school

  • beiber newz

    first and foremost , u gained a bunch of cool points wit me for that comment. real talk.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    @First And Foremost, I’m glad you said that bro.

  • Jason

    Big Freeze is on point. Here’s a great article about the Tebow experiment:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-silver_morning_rush_tebow_struggles_103111

  • http://www.dimemag.com Slick Ric

    Cheating on a test. WHAT? we should get rid of that bum, he’s a horrible person. lame