The San Antonio Spurs announced Monday (July 11) that Tim Duncan has decided to retire, bringing an end to his storied 19-year career with the organization that drafted him and starting the clock on his immediate Hall of Fame induction.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 11, 2016
Duncan is widely-regarded as the greatest power forward in NBA history in large part to his remarkable consistency and undeniable contribution to the Spurs’ winning culture.
Since being drafted out of Wake Forest in 1997, Duncan has led the Spurs to a 1,072-438 regular-season record, which equals a .710 winning percentage. That prolific stretch of winning stands as the best 19-year mark in any of the four major North American sports.
But Duncan shined brightest in the postseason, serving as the cornerstone of the franchise’s five championship titles spanning three different decades (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014) and earning Finals MVP honors three times.
He finishes his career with averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He also ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).
Duncan’s contemporaries rushed to social media to express their respect for his career, including one of his biggest Western Conference rivals and one of his long-time teammates.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 11, 2016
Even tho I knew it was coming, I'm still moved by the news. What a HUGE honor to have played with him for 14 seasons! #ThankYouTD
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 11, 2016
Duncan’s individual achievements are seemingly endless, but take a look at more of his most notable honors below:
- 1998 Rookie of the Year
- 1998 All-Rookie First Team
- Two-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003)
- 10-time All-NBA First Team Selection
- Eight-time All-Defensive First Team Selection
- 15 All-Star appearances
Where would you rank Duncan among the all-time greats? Let us know in the comment section.
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