One of the most legendary players in NBA history, Tim Duncan, is hanging it up after 19 successful seasons. He spent all 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs, where he won five titles, three finals MVPs and two regular season MVPs. There’s no doubting his accolades, but where does Duncan rank all-time?
It’s rare that a player stays with one team for a career that lasts this long. In fact, only Kobe Bryant lasted longer with a single team. Duncan retires as the all-time Spurs leader in points, rebounds, blocks and games played. He made the playoffs every season of his career. But let’s take a closer look at his numbers against some of the other all-time greats.
Duncan ranks 14th in NBA history in points scored. He’s 6th in rebounds and 5th in blocks. But his stats don’t completely dictate his impact. He’s known as ‘the big fundamental,’ meaning he’s one of the most technically sound and smartest players. He’s one of the best defensive players in league history. He’s widely considered the best power forward of all-time along with Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett. His success in the playoffs has put him in a class of elites.
So as Duncan hangs it up, it’s easy to envision him as a top 10 player in NBA history. But the big question is, could he be even higher? It’s always difficult to compare eras, but his skill set seems like it’s transferable in any decade. His humble attitude and work ethic will be missed as we move forward. But he leaves the NBA in a better place than he found it.
Where do you think Tim Duncan ranks in NBA history?