Tim Duncan's Success Should Make a Lot of NBA Teams Jealous

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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2014

The San Antonio Spurs took Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, and they have certainly gotten great value out of that pick.

Duncan's career accomplishments are incredible. He is a 14-time All-Star, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, three-time Finals MVP and led his team to four championships. 

However, there is one more stat that will blow everyone's mind: Duncan has led the Spurs to at least 50 wins in all but one of his 17 seasons in the league, including 15 straight. 

Not bad for a franchise that went 20-62 the season before it drafted Duncan.

Had it not been for the lockout in the 1998-99 season, Duncan would have topped the 50-win mark with ease. San Antonio went 37-13 that year, which put the team on pace to win 60 games.

Oh, they also won their first championship that season.

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