San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons

Tim Duncan of San Antonio Spurs announces retirement

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons


After five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, 15 All-­Star appearances and a spot on many lists as the greatest power forward of all time, San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan is calling it a career.

After 19 seasons and five rings with the Spurs, Tim Duncan is calling it a career. Marc Stein looks back at the Big Fundamental’s bond with his only NBA coach, Gregg Popovich.
Duncan, who turned 40 in April, announced Monday that he is retiring from the NBA after 19 seasons, all with San Antonio. This will be a heavy blow for all of the fans that had him in their Fantasy Basketball teams (see if you’re interested in starting fantasy basketball).

The 40-year-old made 15 All-Star appearances, 15 All-NBA teams (including 10 appearances on the First Team) and 15 All-Defensive Teams (eight First Team) in his illustrious career; the All-NBA and All-Defensive berths are the most in league history. He retires in the top 10 in NBA history in regular-season games and minutes played, offensive, defensive and total rebounds, and blocked shots, and 14th on the all-time scoring list with 26,496 points. He is the Spurs’ record book, topping San Antonio’s franchise history in virtually every significant category.

He, along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, created a dynasty in San Antonio, making it a fearful team for years in the NBA. The trio has the NBA record for most wins by three players in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Led by coach Gregg Popovich, Duncan also has the most wins for a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001).

He’ll be remembered mostly for his playoff dominance, as he’s the only player to log 9,000 career minutes in the postseason.