With a career stretching over nineteen years and an exceptional total of five rings, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs finally calls it a day on an incredible career.
Considered by many to be the greatest power forward of all time, Duncan won two MVP titles, three finals MVP awards and made the All-Star team fifteen times.
This announcement was expected after a combination of Duncan’s effectiveness and time on the court lessening over the past few years.
Drafted with the first overall pick in 1997 by the Spurs, it only took two seasons for ‘The Big Fundamental’ to lead his team to the first of five NBA championships, winning Finals MVP in the process. He formed a super-partnership with coach Gregg Popovich, delivering the most wins by a player-coach tandem in NBA history with 1,001.
Only Kobe Bryant has played more seasons in the NBA (20) and both have the common feature of devoting to only one team in their entire careers.
The forward also appeared in the NBA All‐Defensive First and Second Teams a combined fifteen times and is only the third player in NBA history to reach the milestone of 1,000 career regular-season games.
Duncan ends his incredible career with averages of 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 3 assists per game. In the all time lists the numbers are even more impressive, with a total of 26,496 points (ranked 14th), 15,091 (ranked 6th) and 3,020 blocks (ranked 5th).