Tim Duncan, arguably one of the best power forwards to ever play in the NBA, has quietly retired after 19 seasons in the league.
Duncan left behind a towering legacy of accomplishments accumulated over two decades with the Spurs: five NBA titles, two MVPs, three NBA Finals MVPs, fifteen All-Star appearances, and seventeen appearances on an All-NBA first, second or third team.
Many current (LeBron James, James Harden, Kevin Love, Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade) and former (Kobe Bryant, Steve Kerr) NBA players shared their respects to one of the most humble NBA stars. Steve Kerr in particular, who played with Duncan in San Antonio, called him “a top 5 all time teammate”.
“To be good is noble, but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble. Twain; for your brilliance TD” Brent Barry, ex-NBA player and Duncan’s former teammate said.
After David Robinson went down with a serious injury, Duncan was picked by the Spurs with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997 and teamed with coach Gregg Popovich, point guard Tony Parker and shooting guard Manu Ginobili to turn the Spurs from a solid franchise that could never quite get over the hump into one of the league’s superpowers.
Nicknamed “The Big Fundamental” for his clinical approach that favored bank shots over dunks, he was a 15-time All-Star, a member of the All-NBA first team 10 times and is one of only three players – joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parrish – to win at least 1,000 games in his career.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Duncan “one of the most dominant players in NBA history” and lauded him for an “understated selflessness (that) made him the ultimate teammate.”
“For two decades Tim represented the Spurs, the city of San Antonio and the league with passion and class,” Silver said. “All of us in the NBA family thank him for his profound impact on the game.”
Duncan played 1392 career regular season games, all with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 19 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.2 bpg in 34 minutes on the court.
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