Tim Duncan is 39-years old and was just named to the All-NBA Third Team, no TYPO! It was his second career All-NBA Third Team selection and 15th overall All-NBA selection.
Below I will be going over why there is some controversy in him earning the award this season.
All-NBA Third Team
The award made it the 15th overall All-NBA selection for Duncan, tying him with Kobe Bryant and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar for the most in NBA history. At 39 years-old Duncan is also the oldest player since Abdul-Jabbar (1986) to be on an All-NBA team.
Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks this season. The production was lowered from some of his usual numbers, mainly because he played 28.9 minutes. Duncan shot 51% from the field and 74% from the free-throw stripe.
Let’s take a look at the other All-NBA Third team members: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Klay Thompson, and Kyrie Irving. The other four members blew Duncan away in scoring (except Jordan), but Duncan didn’t play as many minutes them and produced well in nearly every category.
Since the award is two guards, two forwards, and a center Duncan could’ve been overtaken by Paul
Apr 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forwardPaul Millsap
(4) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls guardJimmy Butler
(21) in the second half at Philips Arena. The Bulls won 105-92. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Millsap and Jimmy Butler. Millsap was arguably the Hawks best player this season, as he averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals. The Hawks also won 60 games and ran away with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Millsap like Duncan played in a system where it’s difficult to pick out the team’s best player, as the Hawks have Al Horford and Jeff Teague as well.
The case for Jimmy Butler is a bit different as he spent a good portion of the year at shooting guard, despite being labeled as a small forward his entire playing career, whether in college or the NBA. Butler was the Chicago Bulls best player this season, as he averaged 20 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals. Butler led the Bulls to 50 wins as Derrick Rose missed 31 games with a torn knee meniscus.
The controversy isn’t like DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard not being selected to the all-star teams during the original selections, but Butler and Millsap were a little more deserving than Duncan to make the team.
Nevertheless games like this make it understanding for the NBA to select the 39-year old legend:
(Video uploaded by FreeDawkins)