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Tim Duncan retires from Spurs after 19 seasons, leaving a sensational legacy

Updated on July 13, 2016

Tim Duncan is going down in history. Under Coach Greg Pop, he has strongly helped the Spurs make a name for themselves as a very successful franchise. Here's a very brief description of him, his career, and his legacy.

From the very start, Tim Duncan has played and carried himself with respect for all players and coaches, and with nothing but a humble attitude. Hungry for only titles, and not individual accomplishments, awards, or individual anything, he has helped his team with things that would have been impossible without his presence. But he's not the boastful, or celebratory type, so he would never admit something like that. The quiet guy he is, there was no farewell tour during the 2015-16 season, but after playing every one of his 19 seasons with the Spurs since he was the 1st overall pick in 1997, Duncan is retiring from the NBA. There are only two players before him to have spent so many seasons with one team.

He's leaving the league having the number 6 best record ever for career win-shares (which are calculated through a number of statistics to determine how much a player has contributed to a win).

He's played 56,738 minutes.

He spent four years in the NCAA before registering himself for the Draft, it being a dying wish from his mother for him to graduate college someday. The 15-time All-Star was awarded the Most Valuable Player award twice, and won 5 championships (the same number as Kobe Bryant, who also retired this year and spent his whole career, 20 seasons, with one team- although technically he was drafted by the 76'ers). In his years he's played with people such as Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli. They were a big three. There's also been Richard Jefferson, and more recently in his career, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard. He's battled against teams starring everyone from Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Lamar Odom, Carmelo Anthony, and Lebron James, to DeMar DeRozen, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, and Anthony Davis. He's played in 3 eras of basketball: the 90s, the double Os, and the 10s. All in all, Duncan is a true symbol of the league. Even though he's probably the most underrated stars out there, alongside Wilt and Kareem and Russell (and Nowitzski) he's one of the greatest centers ever to play the game...

Duncan goes up for rebound against Gasol
Duncan goes up for rebound against Gasol

Tim Duncan Career Per Game Statistics *stats calculated by 82-game-adjusted seasons

Per game: 18.8
Per game: 10.8
Per game: 2.2
Per game: 7.4
TTL: 26,496
TTL: 15,583
TTL: 3,122
TTL: 10,641
Per 48 Mins: 26.9
Per 48 Mins: 15.3
Per 48 Mins: 2.7
Percentage Per 48 Mins: 51.2
FG%: 50.6


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