#TimDuncan – Retirement After 19 Seasons in NBA
The star player of NBA. The only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The five-time NBA champion and 15-time NBA All-Star Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. He has 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.
Duncan started out as a swimmer and only began playing basketball in ninth grade after Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only Olympic-sized pool on his home of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He soon became a standout for St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School, and had an illustrious college career with the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, winning the Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year and John Wooden awards in his final year. Duncan graduated from college before entering the 1997 NBA draft as the number one pick.
The standard set by Tim Duncan seems so impossible to replicate. There are only three players in NBA history have scored 26,000 points, grabbed 15,000 rebounds, and dished out 4,000 assists in their careers. Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Tim Duncan.
The 40-year-old Duncan originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. He is the only player in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs. In his NBA career, the 15-time All-Star appeared in a total of 1,392 games and averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks in 34.0 minutes. He shot .506 (10,285-20,334) from the floor and .696 (5,896-8,468) from the free throw line.
Off the court, Duncan is known for his quiet and unassuming ways, as well as his active philanthropy. He holds a degree in psychology and created the Tim Duncan Foundation to raise general health awareness and fund education and youth sports in various parts of the United States.