Earlier this week, a sad NBA retirement news story broke out that longtime San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan has capped off his NBA playing career. Thus ended Tim Duncan’s 19-year basketball career. As the Spurs legend hangs his jersey and stays on the sidelines permanently, here’s a recap of his spectacular career in numbers.
1001 wins with 1 Team
That’s 1000 wins for a single player and 1000 wins for a player under a single team. In NBA, there is a scarcity of loyalty. In Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs found a man who stuck with them through wins and losses. Since being picked number 1 in the 1997 NBA Draft, Tim Duncan has stayed with San Antonio Spurs for 19 seasons to create a remarkable feat.
5-time NBA Champion
Among those 1000 wins, Tim Duncan played a significant role in bringing San Antonio Spurs the NBA Championship. 2 seasons after being picked, he won his maiden NBA title for the San Antonio Spurs. He then went on to lead the Spurs to another 4 NBA championship games in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
17 Consecutive 50+ Wins for a Team
That means in Tim Duncan’s 19 seasons playing in the NBA, the team has only let up less than 50 wins for a season twice. He ends his playing career with a historic record for most number of wins done by a trio. Tim Duncan along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili ushered in 575 regular season wins and 126 playoff wins for a total of 701 wins.
6-time NBA MVP
A consistent stellar performance is bound to be noticed. That’s why it didn’t take long for Tim Duncan to receive the NBA MVP award. After receiving the Rookie of the Year award in 1998, Tim Duncan received his first NBA Finals MVP award in 1999. For the year 2000, Tim Duncan shared the NBA MVP award with Shaquille O’Neal. He then proceeded to bag the NBA MVP award 4 more times. 2003 saw Tim Duncan take home both the NBA MVP and NBA MVP Finals award.
Life Begins at 40
Especially for Tim Duncan who made the entire fandom of NBA sad with his NBA retirement news. A legend in his own right, he gave NBA, the San Antonio Spurs and fans the best games he could ever give.