Another pillar of yesterday’s generation of NBA superstars has decided to hang up his sneakers as San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan decided to call it quits. In true Duncan fashion, there were no fireworks nor hype machine involved in breaking the news.
One of the greatest, if not the greatest, to play at his position, the proud product of Wake Forest University spent all of his 19 seasons donning the Silver and Black colors of the franchise. He becomes the third player in league history to play in as many seasons for a single team, joining John Stockton and Kobe Bryant.
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Despite the quiet demeanor, TIm Duncan’s resume is screaming with team and individual accolades. His list of accomplishments is bannered by five NBA titles, three finals and a couple of regular season Most Valuable Player awards. He also owns 10 All-NBA First Team and eight NBA All-Defensive First Team selections.
He holds career averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks.
“The Big Fundamental” is popular for being a unique superstar who perfectly epitomizes a team-first mentality, being a major influencer, along with coach Gregg Popovich, in how the San Antonio Spurs developed their niche as a first-class organization and as one of the most successful NBA franchises for the longest time.
Duncan leaves the Spurs in great condition after mentoring the likes of Kawhi Leonard and, to some extent, LaMarcus Aldridge. While the addition of Pau Gasol significantly bolsters their chances, the team will never be the same without the presence of its long-time leader.
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