San Antonio Spurs History

Spurs: Tim Duncan's Hall of Fame Career, from 21-1

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18: The Day the greatest San Antonio Spur ever had his jersey retired

On December 18, 2016, the Spurs retired Duncan's number 21 jersey in a postgame ceremony, making him the eighth Spur in franchise history to have his jersey retired. Since then, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have joined Tim in the rafters.

17: Consecutive seasons the Spurs won 50+ games with Tim Duncan

When it comes to winning, Tim Duncan had the kind of career guys can only dream of. Not only did he win 50 games in a record-setting 17 straight seasons, but the only reason he didn't do so for all 19 seasons was due to the 1999 season being 50 total games.

Tim also led San Antonio to the postseason in every season of his career, winning an NBA title over 25 percent of the time he did so. Straight dominance.

16: Tim Duncan's age when his legend began

I followed Tim Duncan's career closer than any other player, and still, this story snuck past me. In 1992, when Tim was just 16 years old, a tour was arranged that sent NBA players to the Virgin Islands. The goal was to raise money and awareness after an increase in violence in the area.

Alonzo Mourning, who had been selected second in the NBA Draft and was already on his way to stardom, was the biggest name in the group. As this Washington Post article details, a teenage Duncan did more than hold his own in a scrimmage game against Alonzo. Seattle SuperSonics rookie Chris King, whose agent arranged the tour, told the tale.

“He’s playing against Alonzo Mourning. He’s 16. He’s dominating this guy. He’s running the floor. He has these great hands. I was like, ‘Oh my god, this kid can play!’”

The showcase led King to tell his former coach -- then with Wake Forest -- about Duncan. The rest was history.

15: # of All-Star selections, All-NBA selections, and All-Defensive selections

These accolades are too crazy to ignore. In 19 NBA seasons, Tim Duncan had 15 All-Star appearances, 15 All-NBA selections, and 15 All-NBA Defensive selections. Of the All-NBA Teams, 10 of them were First Team, three were second, and two were first.

Tim's defensive selections broke down to eight First Teams and seven Second Teams. Duncan also shared the 2000 NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy with Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

14: Tim Duncan delivers on his promise to Spurs fans

The 2013 NBA Finals will forever be a forbidden topic among the Spurs community, but what the team did the following season made the heartbreak well worth it. To represent 14, let's flashback to Oklahoma City after the Spurs wrapped up Game 6 to advance to the 2014 NBA Finals.

With one of his greatest quotes ever, Duncan assured the Alamo City that the team wouldn't be coming up short this time. "We're back here and we're excited about it," said Tim. "We've got four more to win. We'll do it this time." The Spurs went on to dominate the Miami Heat in one of the most lopsided NBA Finals ever.

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