BREAKING: Tim Duncan announces that he will retire after 19 seasons with the Spurs.https://t.co/xIA4wjmjLi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 11, 2016
San Antonio – It’s official. Father Time has done the impossible and caught up to Tim Duncan.
Former San Antonio Spurs forward, Tim Duncan, has retired after 19 memorable seasons at the age of 40. The Five-time NBA champion was not only a great ambassador to the game of basketball, as well as the Small-Market San Antonio Spurs, but was also a great mentor and teacher; he left an excellent mold, and even bigger shoes (size 16 to be exact), to be filled.
Tim Duncan leaves as the only player in NBA history to win an NBA Championship in three different decades (’99, ’03, ’05, ’07, ’14). Duncan was the Finals MVP in 1999, 2003, and 2005, as well as regular season MVP in 2002 and 2003. Excluding the lockout-shortened 1999 season, Duncan’s San Antonio Spurs never won less than 50 games, and he never played in less than 61 games during his tenure. As a 39-year Old Duncan still managed to record 13 points per while playing in 77 games.
A resident of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, Duncan didn’t pick up the game of basketball until the 9th grade. Duncan would later attend Wake Forest University where he was ACC Player of the Year twice (1996, ’97), college basketball’s Defensive Player of the Year three times (1995, ’96, ’97) and the Player of the Year in 1997. In a stroke of luck for the Spurs, Duncan was selected first overall by the David Robinson-led San Antonio Spurs after an injury-filled season where he would later become a 15-time All-Star. Duncan made an immediate impact alongside Robinson who were later dubbed the “Twin Towers”. Duncan tallied 21 points, 12 boards, and 2.5 blocks per game on his way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.
After Robinson retired the, now Duncan-led, Spurs didn’t miss a beat reaching the Western Conference finals after a Derek Fisher buzzer beater erasing what could have been one of the most memorable shots in NBA history. The rest was history.
Duncan was never flashy and one could make the argument that he doesn’t really fit the mold of today’s “run ‘n’ gun” NBA; but he got it done consistently all throughout his 19-year career. Known for his great footwork and ability to glide through the paint, Duncan created his own team-wide style of basketball that had basketball purists gawking over his game.
The Big Fundamental may have been one of the most boring players to watch in terms of entertainment, but was one of the best Power Forwards to ever step on the hardwood.
Duncan finished his career averaging 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 11, 2016