It was reported that San Antonio Spurs franchise cornerstone Tim Duncan will be inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020.
No absolutely no one’s surprise, the pride and joy of the San Antonio Spurs is finally going to be inducted to the Hall of Fame. Esteemed NBA news breaker Shams Charania reports that the greatest power forward of all-time, Tim Duncan will be inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020 along with two of his greatest rivals—Kevin Garnett and the late Kobe Bryant.
There wasn’t a doubt in a single person’s mind that Duncan would be inducted to the Hall of Fame given his incredible track record since he was 18 years old. The five-time champion changed the trajectory and model of the Spurs’ franchise by providing a constant building block for the organization to build from.
As a four-year athlete at Wake Forest, Duncan was the ACC Player of the Year and a consensus All-American twice in his four seasons. He was a recipient of the Wooden Award, he earned the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Award for his senior campaign in 1997.
Shortly after, Duncan was drafted first overall by the San Antonio Spurs, giving him a new platform to rack up accolades. He came out of the gates with reckless abandon, winning the 1998 Rookie of the Year Award while earning an All-Star bid in the process.
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Timmy has pretty much done it all. He’s a two-time league MVP, a 15-time All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA player, a 15-time All-Defensive team selection and earned three Finals MVP trophies in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
I could go on for another 10,000 words about how great Timmy was in his playing days but if you’re reading our site, then you know damn well how incredible Duncan was throughout his career. What really makes him a Hall of Famer is the person that he is and the way he conducts himself every step of the way.
There’s a reason why you don’t catch much Tim Duncan slander outside of rivaling fanbases—Duncan is incredibly well-respected amongst his contemporaries, peers and fans. Every day, he lets his work speaks for itself while uplifting those around him including coaches, staff and teammates. He was brought back as an assistant coach in the 2019-20 season because he provides an incredible guiding voice for those who are willing to listen and learn from him.
If there’s anyone who deserves to be immortalized in Springfield, MA, it’s the great Tim Duncan.