The winner of five NBA championships, Tim Duncan has essentially done it all and seen it all.
With a stack of accomplishments that reads more like a Thanksgiving grocery list, Duncan, 38, has reached the pinnacle of the NBA, and done so with one organization, the San Antonio Spurs.
Under the leadership of head coach Gregg Popovich, Duncan has become one of the most revered big men in the history of professional basketball. As a prolific scorer, shot blocker, rebounder, and passer, Duncan is a multi-tool player, with multi rings to prove it.
Playing his college career at Wake Forest, Duncan was the first pick of the 1997 NBA Draft. Known for his “old school” style of play, and his bag of basic fundamentals, tools essentially left behind in a prior era of basketball, Duncan is proof that a modern player doesn’t have to subscribe to modern play in order to be an elite talent.
Away from the court, Duncan has always been known for his humility and professionalism. Quite an unassuming figure, Duncan is a “gentle giant” in respect to how he deals with both the fans and media alike. In true fashion, while often cliché, the San Antonio center has become an endearing figure in the NBA, which makes it hard to root against him, even if the Spurs aren’t your cup of tea.
Expected to return, for at least one more season, Duncan is still very much a force. The Spurs didn’t capture the 2014 NBA title while Duncan cheered from the bench, San Antonio won the title because of Duncan. Averaging 16.3 points-per-game during the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the man in the middle is still very much the center of attention.
In respect to the future, Duncan will likely ride off into the sunset with the San Antonio Spurs. Always the consummate professional, and the winner of a plethora of high stakes games, the only accolade left for Tim Duncan to obtain will likely come in the form of an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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