Another change is coming to the NBA. First, Kobe announced he is retiring, then Dwyane Wade decides to leave Miami after 13 seasons. Now, we say goodbye to Tim Duncan.
Duncan, after taking his player option for next season, has announced he is retiring from the NBA.
With this announcement, San Antonio’s lost to the OKC Thunder was Duncan’s final game as a player. He ended it with 19 pts, 5rbs, and a block. But, that’s not an indicator of his amazing career.
With 5 NBA titles, 15 All-Star appearances, and 2 NBA MVP awards, his trophy case is full of memories and accomplishments.
Duncan’s 19 season with the Spurs is only second to Kobe Bryant as the longest tenure with one team.
With a career record of 1,072-438, his career highlighted the best 19-year stretch in history, NBA and the four major U.S. Sports.
Alongside his head Coach Gregg Popovich, they have 1,001 wins which is the most for a player/coach duo in NBA history.
Before the Spurs, Duncan played all four years as a starter for Wake Forest. The Spurs took him No.1 overall in the 1997 NBA season. He won Rookie of the Year his first season and then won a NBA championship in his second. He was also named Finals MVP for the championship as well.
More titles came to Duncan and the Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and he was once again named Finals MVP in 2003 and 2005.
Duncan,40, finishes his career with 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020). ESPN