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Tim Duncan Becomes 6th Player in NBA History to Record 15,000 Rebounds

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 7: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots a free throw against the Indiana Pacers on March 7, 2016 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIJanuary 13, 2017

San Antonio Spurs big man Tim Duncan reached another milestone Thursday, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to grab 15,000 rebounds during his team's game against the Chicago Bulls.

Duncan's milestone rebound came on the defensive end with six minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the first quarter after Mike Dunleavy Jr. missed a jump shot.

This was Duncan's second major achievement in as many weeks. He became the fifth player in the history of the league to record 3,000 career blocks Feb. 27, and he continues to rise up that leaderboard.

Entering Thursday's game, Duncan already ranked third in all-time defensive rebounds with 11,168, trailing Karl Malone by only 238. He also ranked 10th in all-time offensive rebounds.

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago took note of Duncan's achievement as well as his other skills around the rim:

For the first 13 years of his career, Duncan averaged double figures in rebounds, and he recorded more than 12 boards per game in five seasons. He also led the league in total rebounds with 1,042 in 2001-02.

The NBA's active leader in career rebounds came into Thursday's game averaging a career-low 7.5 rebounds per game, though the 39-year-old is playing only 25.1 minutes per contest. He is averaging 10.8 rebounds per 36 minutes this season.

Duncan has been a consistent all-around star for his entire career, and his rebounding accolades show how much work he has put into both ends of the court.

 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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