Apr 20, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) and guard Tony Parker (9) and head coach Gregg Popovich during the game against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Spurs defeated the Mavericks 90-85. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Greatness is something referenced often with the San Antonio Spurs of late. Could it get even better in 2014-2015?
Tim Duncan approaches point and rebounding milestones
His Hall of Fame and personal legacy are both secure. At this point Tim Duncan is merely playing out his career just to see how far he can go in the pursuit of excellence. Spurs fans may see him make some pretty impressive progress in that regard as he tries to equal Jordan in the title column. At 24,904 career points scored, Duncan has a chance to surpass current Hall of Famers Jerry West and Reggie Miller on the all-time list while simultaneously taking aim at greats like Walt Bellamy and Nate Thurmond in rebounding with 13,940. If that weren’t enough, he may have an outside shot at eclipsing the iconic Patrick Ewing in blocked shots with 2,791. Further testament to his all-around greatness.
Tony Parker taking aim at assist plateau
Duncan isn’t the only Spur with all-time aspirations though. Longtime teammate Tony Parker is building a Hall of Fame case of his own and doing so in the traditional point guard fashion by passing the basketball. With 5,635 assists to his name thus far at age 32, it’s unlikely he will ever get close to John Stockton who sits well above the competition with over 15,000. However, Parker has a chance to breach the 6,000 barrier which is an impressive feat by itself.
Gregg Popovich entering elite company as coach
On the other hand, the man with the biggest milestone to reach as far as the 2014-2015 season is concerned is head coach Gregg Popovich. He already put himself in rare company by winning a fifth NBA championship. Now “Pop” has a chance to become just the fifth coach in all of basketball history to eclipse 1,000 victories in a career, putting him alongside names like Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkens. Merely another reminder of how spoiled San Antonio has been for the past decade and a half.