By Jeremy Fitch
Tim Duncan announced retirement Monday after what can only be called, 19 legendary NBA seasons individually and as a teammate. Duncan won five NBA titles, two NBA MVP’s along with being named to 15 All-Star teams.
As rare as it is for a player to be consistent over a 19-year career, it is even harder in today’s game to do it all with one franchise. Duncan and the Spurs were a match made in heaven right from when he was drafted No. 1 overall in the 1997 NBA Draft out of Wake Forest. Winning NBA Rookie of the Year and then leading the Spurs to an NBA championship in his second season, set a standard that most athletes cannot reach the rest of their career.
Duncan was unique though and now goes down as one of the greatest power forwards to ever pick up a basketball. “The Big Fundamental,” as every has called him over the years, was nothing short of consistent on the stat sheet, but also as a team player.
Ending your career averaging 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game is a stat line most players aim to average for just one season. Duncan was able to average that from his 20’s and now just turning 40.
Although, one of the most under appreciated superstars in the NBA, Duncan was never a self-promoter, but many players he went up against each night for the last 10 plus years took notice of his greatness.
A legend forever, and there has been a place waiting for Tim Duncan in Springfield, Massachusetts for quite some time at the Basketball Hall of Fame.