Never flashy, but always Reliable and productive, in a league full of flashy Ferrari’s, Tim Duncan was the deluxe Chrysler Town & Country minivan of NBA superstars. He always got you there. After 19 seasons, the sure fire NBA Hall of Famer is exiting the game as arguably the greatest power forward in league history. He won’t be going on a retirement farewell tour. He’s not even holding a retirement press conference. His retirement was announced via a team press release with all the circumstance of a D League call up.
“San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.”
After a standout career at Wake Forest, the Spurs selected the seven footer from the Virgin Islands with with the 1st pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. Paired alongside David Robinson, he led the Spurs to a title in his lockout shortened rookie year. He led the Spurs to four more tiles as they established a Western Conference dynasty. He finished his career with over 26,000 points and 15,000 rebounds, was a 3 time NBA MVP, 15 time All Star, 2 time Finals MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year.
It’s hard to imagine an NBA without the “Big Fundamental”.