Flashback Athlete of the Month for July 2021
Tim Duncan is a former NBA player who played 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He won five NBA Championships with the Spurs, as well as was named an All Star a whopping 15 times in his career. He retired from playing basketball in 2016.
In the five championships that the Spurs won in Duncan’s tenure, he took home the title of Finals MVP three times. He won the league MVP award twice in the years 2002 and 2003. Additionally, Duncan was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times, the Second Team three times, and the Third Team twice. Duncan’s jersey was retired by the San Antonio Spurs in 2016 to celebrate the momentous impact the player had on the organization.
Duncan was an offensive powerhouse in the NBA, averaging as much as 25.5 points per game at the prime of his career. He also averaged in double digits for rebounding in 13 seasons. However, Duncan was also known as a defensive presence, being named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team eight times, and the Second Team seven times.
Tim Duncan is also the all-time leading scorer for the San Antonio Spurs organization, with a sizeable lead over the others on the list. A few years after he retired, the Spurs hired Duncan as an assistant coach in 2019, though he stepped down after a season. Duncan is widely thought to be the greatest, or at least one of the greatest, power forwards of all time, and is considered one of the elite players in the history of the NBA.