Tim Duncan to the rafters!
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 16, 2016
This is something that was expected. It would have been a tragedy if the San Antonio Spurs didn’t retire the number. He spent all of his 19 NBA seasons with the Spurs. Duncan won 5 championships with the Spurs as well as 2 MVP Awards. The Big Fundamental was in the all-star game 15 times, and I would say is one of the best power forwards of all time. The trio of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and Duncan seemed to be an unstoppable force. In his career, the Spurs were a stunning 1,072-438 in the regular season. The 19-year run was the best in that time period in NBA history. Drafted in 1997 Duncan was the Rookie of the Year. The next season he helped bring the Spurs to an NBA Championship and he was named finals MVP. The run that Tim Duncan had with the Spurs is almost unmatched. Only 3 players had more than 1,000 career regular season wins. He is in great company as he, Robert parish, and Karem Abdul-Jabbar are the only ones to achieve this feat. Duncan wasn’t flashy he wasn’t trying to end up on Sportscenter. Tim Duncan did the small things, the things that the highlights don’t show. He boxes out, he even uses the backboard. He was the last of a dying breed as a true big man, but he could also shoot the ball as well. He is a sure-fire Hall of Famer, and I [ersonally can’t wait to see his speech. The Big Fundamental played a big role in the Spurs success. Congrats Timmy, thank you for teaching players the fundamentals of basketball since ’98.