Tim Duncan is the best PF ever

What are the differences between the Power Forward and Center positions?

While this question already has an accepted answer, let me add mine.

Nowadays, basketball positions are generally defined by both the role of a player and their size in relation to their four teammates on the court. Of the five players on a given team currently on the pitch, the PG is usually the shortest, followed by the SG, then the SF, then the PF, and finally the C is the highest. Because of this, these positions are often referred to as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5: they have an order, and that order is player size.

With this in mind, the problem of the player's role on the field of play can override their relative size, as positions are of course directly defined by the player's role, while size is just one factor (though arguably the most important factor) that can help the players in filling this role.

The PF and C positions similarly require size and strength to ricochet, block shots, and score near the basket. Traditionally, however, the PF is slightly shorter, lighter and more athletic than the C and is therefore more likely to drive (a short distance) past its defender to attempt a shot at the rim, and is, in contrast, more dependent on its explosiveness on its size ) to block shots and grab rebounds. Their smaller size also means that having some shooting skills is more important for them as they cannot rely as much on dunks, hook shots, and layups for scoring. Because of this, PFs often flash a nice little midrange. you need one more than a center.

As noted in the accepted answer, many of the most successful players in history have achieved this achievement precisely because they have combined the size of one position with the skills of another. Perhaps the most extreme example of this was Magic Johnson - the greatest, and many argue, the best PG in history. At 6'10 ", Magic was at least 6-8 inches taller than most of the players in his position, but he was quick enough on his feet and good enough with his hands to run, dribble, shoot and (most importantly) how to fit a PG. Magic was big enough to see, overtake, or shoot over most of its defenders, but fast enough to drive right past these defenders' larger teammates. Due to its unique combination of size and skill it was Magic an unstoppable offensive force. Today, LeBron James, who is just two inches shorter than Magic but with much greater athleticism and similar skills, terrorizes the league on exactly the same principles (his superior athleticism gives him an even greater advantage in defense, so that he can easily protect any position on the court except C).

How does it all have to do with good old Timmy? Well, it's just like the others suggested in their answers: Tim Duncan can play the PF and C positions equally well precisely because he has the Skills of a PF combined with the size has a C. So who is he It depends on who is still on the pitch! When Duncan played with the Admiral, he was always a PF because Robinson was taller, Robinson was already one of the best Cs of all time, and Robinson couldn't play PF either. But after Robinson retired, and whenever he was the biggest man on the court for his team, Duncan often played the center position and was damn good at it. Additionally, in today's NBA, where teams are increasingly playing "small-ball", the PF-Turn-C scenario has become even more common simply because he's the biggest player on his team on the pitch. But from what I've read, Duncan always thought of himself as a PF first and foremost. I guess he's happiest when Tiago Splitter is around to win the 5.