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Looking Back: How Good Was Tim Duncan?

Tim Duncan, the Big Fundamental, is calling it quits after 19 seasons in the NBA. Duncan was a once in a lifetime player in this league, and wasted no time in starting his domination.

In 1998, his rookie season, Duncan averaged 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks, easily crowning him the rookie of the year.

The following season Duncan posted identical numbers, and brought a championship to the city of San Antonio. Duncan dominated the Knicks, beating them in five games. His 27.4 points, 14 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1 steal and 46 minutes per game, was the reason he took home the NBA Finals MVP.

The Spurs have won 50 or more games every year since the '99-'00 season.

Duncan would do the unthinkable and reach the NBA Playoffs in all 19 seasons, winning five championships and being named the Finals MVP three times.

He was named the NBA Most Valuable Player three time.

In 15 of his 19 seasons, Duncan was an All-Star for the Western Conference, and was the MVP of the game in 2000.

Duncan is the San Antonio Spurs all-time leading scorer with 26,496 points, which is 14th most in NBA history.

His 15,091 rebounds are the sixth most in NBA history.

His 3,020 blocks are the fifth most in NBA history.

Along with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan is one of just three players to be given the Wooden Award, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA MVP, Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP.

He finishes his career with averages of 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2.2 blocks and a 50.6 FG %.

Tim Duncan made the playoffs each of his 19 seasons since the Spurs drafted him in 1997.
  • 5× NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
  • 3× NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
  • 2× NBA MVP (2002–2003)
  • 15× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013, 2015)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
  • 10× All-NBA First Team
  • 3× All-NBA Second Team
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team
  • 8× NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • 7× NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
  • NBA Shooting Stars champion (2008)
  • Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award (2015)
  • San Antonio Spurs all-time leading scorer
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2003)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2003)
  • National college player of the year (1997)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1996–1997)
  • 3× NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1995–1997)
  • 2× ACC Player of the Year (1996–1997)
  • No. 21 retired by Wake Forest
Tim Duncan Retires