Staying true to his simple, low-key demeanor, Tim Duncan (211 cm, Wake Forest’97) announced his retirement on Monday without much fanfare, drama, or hullabaloo. The U.S. Virgin Islands-born American player is widely regarded as the best power forward of all-time. The 40-year-old Duncan bids the NBA goodbye after 19 seasons, all of which have been played exclusively with the San Antonio Spurs. In that time Duncan helped deliver five NBA Championships to the city of San Antonio (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). Tim was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2001-02 and 2002-03. He made 15 NBA All-Star Game appearances and was the All-Star Game MVP in 1999-2000.
Nicknamed “The Big Fundamental,” for his effortless mastery of basketball basics and his ability to employ them in dominating his competition, Duncan was drafted by the Spurs first overall in the 1997 NBA Draft. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1997.
Duncan saw great success as part of San Antonio’s “Big 3” along, with Frenchman Tony Parker and Argentinian-Italian spitfire Manu Ginobili. Together they account for four of Duncan’s NBA championships.
Tim will always be remembered through adjectives such as consistency, reliability, loyalty, simplicity, and effectiveness. He is undeniably a future Hall-of-Famer and will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Spurs and NBA fans alike.
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