Is Tim Duncan Worth The Gamble in Fantasy Basketball?

By George Middleton

Tim Duncan is a seasoned veteran. A pioneer. A legend. There are many ways to describe the 39-year-old. Most importantly Duncan is a great player who will cruise into the Hall of Fame. The 18-year veteran averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3 assists. Unlike most terrific power forwards Duncan averaged just less than 30 minutes per game.

His scoring numbers aren’t nothing to brag about, but he is efficient.

April 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half in game two of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Duncan shot 51% from the field and a respectable 74% from the charity stripe. He also passes better than the average power forward and for this season he will likely have eligibility at center. If Duncan is listed as a center he will blow the average center away in assists and free-throw percentage.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Duncan is a great defender. He is a 15-time NBA All-Defensive Team Selection for a reason. Duncan averaged 2 blocks and 0.8 steals last season. Duncan was seventh in blocks per game.

What Can One Expect From Tim Duncan in 2015-16?

It is likely that Duncan will average a career low in scoring. His previous career low was 13.4 points in 2010-11.

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With LaMarcus Aldridge getting the ball inside it’s reasonable to believe that Duncan will average around 12 points. Duncan’s rebounding and assists numbers will slightly dip as his minutes should be around the 25 per game.

Defensively, Duncan will continue to excel. Due to a reduction in his minutes, he will likely average around 1.5 blocks.

Despite the dip in his production, Duncan is worth the gamble outside the top-30. He is efficient and he produces in key areas like assists and blocks.

Predicted Statistics: 12.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 bpg, 0.7 spg, 52% fg, 73% ft

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