Whether Tim Duncan decides to hang up his shoes or continuing playing, his career has been nothing but spectacular.
A six foot eleven center out of Wake Forest selected first overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan was joining the seven-foot veteran in David Robinson. Those two later known as the twin towers became the power house of the Spurs and NBA.
Duncan opened his career with a bang winning rookie of the year in 1998 and right then and their people knew he was going to be something special. In the following season he won his first of five NBA titles. That’s right five NBA Titles, and not to mention three finals MVP’s.
Although he hasn’t been the most exuberant player when he scores or wins anything, he has been one of the best teammates to anybody and always gives 100 percent. Duncan won teammate of the year in 2015, which was no shock to anyone as he took pay cut after pay cut to allow the Spurs to grow as a team.
On Thursday night we may or may not have seen the last of Tim Duncan, as the Spurs were eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder youth and speed was too much for the veteran heavy Spurs as they took the series in six games and are going to play the reigning World Champions in the Gold State Warriors.
The man doesn’t get the recognition he deserves plainly because he is not that type of guy in the first place. Duncan is and has always been a very quiet player, just goes to work and does his job. Fits the coach that he is under, in Gregg Popovich. Popovich has always been a low key coach in not giving the media a lot of information.
Duncan averaged only 8.6 points per game, and 7.3 rebounds per game. Not usually what you see from a player of his caliber but even though he wasn’t affective offensively he still was a leader and always looking to help his teammates out.
It has shown throughout this season and even more in this year’s playoffs that Duncan’s age has caught up to him and maybe it’s time to hang up the shoes. This two time NBA MVP is most likely on his last leg in the NBA but will never be forgotten for what he meant to the NBA if he does retire.
Although he didn’t get the farewell season that Kobe did, that just wouldn’t have made sense for Duncan. Seeing how he has always been a low key player who stayed under the radar. Duncan retiring would be simple and quick as everyone would imagine. Like Kobe, Duncan spent all his career with the Spurs.
If Duncan does decide to retire, he will be known as part of the two best big man on one team and part of a trio who has dominated basketball for a decade but will always be known as one of the best big man to ever play the position.