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Team: San Antonio Spurs
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.7 blocks, 24.4 PER
Unlike Carlos Boozer, Tim Duncan isn't going to have a bad season.
In fact, the opposite is true. Duncan is going to remain in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation, compete for the league lead in blocks per game as he stays even closer to the basket than ever before, dominate on the glass and put up consistent, efficient offensive numbers.
That doesn't mean he's not on his last tank of gas, though. At some point he has to slow down, right?
Duncan's per-36 numbers have been eerily consistent over the years. Try to guess which seasons produced the following stat lines:
- Season A: 21.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes
- Season B: 21.3 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 3.2 blocks per 36 minutes
- Season C: 21.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes
Season A is Duncan's MVP-winning 2002-03 campaign. Season B is this past season, and Season C is the 2006-07 go-around. How's that for strange consistency?
Duncan isn't just going to fade away, but retirement is drawing nearer, especially since there's a solid chance he would have pulled the plug on his Hall of Fame career if the San Antonio Spurs had made just one more free throw in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
If anyone can make one final tank of gas last a little longer by running on fumes, though, it's Duncan.