When discussions about the greatest basketball players of all time arise, names like Michael Jordan and LeBron James are often at the forefront. However, Hall of Famer Julius Erving firmly believes that Tim Duncan should not be overlooked in this elite conversation.

Erving expressed his opinion during a recent conversation with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports, stating, “Tim Duncan needs to show up in that conversation.” He emphasized the need for Duncan, a five-time NBA champion and three-time Finals MVP, to be recognized among the all-time greats.

Duncan’s illustrious career includes numerous accolades, including his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020 and a spot on the prestigious NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.

Erving’s endorsement sheds light on the enduring legacy of Tim Duncan, an unassuming yet dominant force in the NBA, who, according to the “Dr. J” himself, rightfully belongs in the GOAT conversation alongside other basketball legends.