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Years as a Spur: 1997-present
Key Achievements: Four-time NBA Champion, Three-time NBA Finals MVP, Two-time NBA MVP, 13-time All-Star, 9/3/1-time All-NBA, 1998 Rookie of the Year, Eight-time All-Defensive
Taking an excerpt from my duel article with Featured Columnist Ethan S. where we compared the Spurs' and Mavericks' chances at getting to the NBA Finals this season, I mentioned Tim Duncan here:
"Already 14 years (wow, I feel old now), two MVPs and four championships into his illustrious career, Duncan really has nothing to prove, as he is already the greatest player in the history of the NBA at his position. He no doubt will join the best in the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He is a top-15 player of all time. If he adds a few titles, he could be a top-10 player when all is said and done."
I stand by my comments. I also challenge someone to find something Duncan has not done in his career. He's won four titles, three Finals MVPs and two regular season MVPs. Duncan has been an All-Star, All-Defense, All-NBA and lastly was a Rookie of the Year recipient.
Simply put, "The Big Fundamental" is the San Antonio Spurs franchise.
Nobody from the Spurs' history matches what Duncan has done for the franchise. He holds every important statistical record of the club other than assists and steals.
I could mention the fact that he has averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks over his career too, but you already get the point.
It's hard to believe he's well over 1,000 games into his career already.
How many years does he have left?
Only time will tell, but I'll guess three or so. In all honesty though, he's accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the NBA.
Not many others can say the same.