1. Tim Duncan
Well, this can’t be a surprise, right? It’s not Malik Rose, Michael Finley or Bruce Bowen — it’s Tim Duncan.
Duncan was selected at No. 1 overall of the 1997 NBA Draft. David Robinson’s recurring injuries can be thanked for that, as the team slumped throughout the 1996-97 season without him.
Much of what Duncan did with the Spurs was historic. There are way too many things to analyze, so let’s skim through it (and these aren’t even all the accolades he piled up):
- Five-time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
- Three-time NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
- Two-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003)
- 15-time All-Star
- NBA All-Satar Game MVP (2000)
- 10-time All-NBA First Team
- Eight-time All-NBA Defensive First Team
Duncan performed like one of the best power forwards in the NBA from the moment he stepped onto the court. He had a 21.1-11.9 season in his first go-around, which was one of the best for anyone at his position. It wasn’t anywhere close to an anomaly, either, as he put up 20-10 numbers until the 2006-07 season. He barely missed this for the next two years, going just over 19 points.
In Duncan’s latter years, he saw reduced minutes to preserve his body for the playoffs. This lasted until the 2015-16 season, when he retired at age 39 after 19 seasons. His No. 21 was then retired in the 2016-17 season.
Who are your greatest San Antonio Spurs of all time? Was there anyone missing from the list?