Tim Duncan tabbed as embodiment of an elite team captain

Tim Duncan celebrates after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

When you think of the championship teams many may point to the head coach.

But perhaps is not as simple as that.

According to a study by Wall Street Journal editor Sam Walker, he concluded that the most successful teams had one thing in common - a great captain.

In Walker’s book, “The Captain Class," he points out there are several traits that make up elite team captains and he points to San Antonio Spurs icon - Tim Duncan - as the poster child.

"The most crucial ingredient in a team that achieves and sustains historic greatness is the character of the player who leads it."

Walker broke down the seven traits he felt Duncan and other elite team captains have:

  • They are extremely resilient.
  • They play to the limits of the rules.
  • They do thankless jobs.
  • They communicate clearly with all members of their team.
  • They motivate through nonverbal displays.
  • They have strong convictions and aren't afraid to be different.
  • They have total control of their emotions.

Safe to say Duncan embodied each and every trait the book pointed out during his playing days and without his sacrifice, the Spurs do not win five titles in franchise history.

Yes, coach Gregg Popovich guides the team off the floor during games but on the floor, the team needs a leader - something Duncan did admirably.

Twitter: @MichaelRehome

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off