Tim Duncan retired after 19 seasons. Tim Duncan played 19 seasons at power forward for the San Antonio Spurs, winning 5 NBA titles and two MVP awards. Since being the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, Duncan made 15 All Star game appearances. Duncan is the only player ever to be selected to both the All-NBA andAll-Defensive Teams in every one of his first 13 seasons. Duncan’s five titles would come in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and was named Finals MVP twice more, in 2003 and 2005. He is widely considered the greatest power forward of all time. [lead image via @Spurs Instagram]
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Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs 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 four major U.S. sports over the past 19 years.
Duncan’s last career game will be a game 6 Western Conference semi-final loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his final NBA game, Duncan had 19 points, five rebounds and a block in 34 minutes.
Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich have the most wins by a player and coach in NBA history with 1,001.