Spurs Big Man Tim Duncan Calls It a Career

Tim Duncan. Photo: Scott Clarke, ESPN Images

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan is finally hanging up his high tops.

Duncan announced his retirement on Monday after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA.

Duncan was the No. 1 overall pick out of Wake Forest in 1997 and teamed with Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to make the Spurs the most enduring success story in modern American sports. His reserved demeanor and game built on fundamentals more than athleticism served as the backbone for the franchise’s unparalleled run.

The 40-year old is the only player in the history of the league to win championships in three different decades. He is the third NBA player to reach 1,000 career wins, and the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team.

Duncan was a three-time NBA Finals MVP and was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times in his career.

He finishes his career with more than 26,000 points making him 14th in all-time scoring; more than 15,000 rebounds, making him sixth in rebounding, and earning his name as one of the most well-known big men in the game, more than 3,000 blocks, making him fifth in the league’s career blocks.

At 1,001 victories, Duncan and Spurt coach Gregg Popovich have the most wins by a player-coach duo in league history and he finishes his career in San Antonio as one of just three players in NBA history, along with John Stockton and Kobe Bryant, to spend 19 seasons with one franchise.

Photo: Scott Clarke, ESPN Images