San Antonio Spurs History

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

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13: Straight selections to both All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams to start career

Getting back to his individual accomplishments, Tim Duncan is the only NBA player in history to be selected to an All-NBA and All-NBA Defensive Team in each of his first 13 seasons. His 15 All-NBA Defensive Team selections remain the most of any player ever, three more than his fellow Hall of Fame inductees Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant.

12: Made field goals in Duncan's MVP performance in the 2000 All-Star Game

Back when All-Stars were still sporting their own uniforms in the big game (which I thoroughly enjoyed), Tim Duncan went wild, making 12 of 14 shots in the game for 24 points. His 14 boards also helped him secure a co-MVP with Shaquille O'Neal.

The MVP honor is especially impressive when you consider how loaded both rosters were that year. The West won the game 137-126.

11: The date Tim Duncan officially announced his retirement from the NBA

On July 11, 2016, Duncan officially called it quits after 19 successful seasons in San Antonio. The announcement was as quiet and sudden as you'd expect, as he waited until the offseason to share his decision. While he certainly would've received a tribute from all 29 other NBA arenas if he had announced his departure earlier, attention just wasn't his style.

10: Mr. Consistency sets a record for games with 10+ boards

Tim Duncan ended his career having played 1,392 regular-season games. Of those, he came down with 10 or more boards 877 times, which is an NBA record. Rounding out the top five are Dwight Howard (825), Karl Malone (815), Hakeem Olajuwon (790), and Kevin Garnett (767).

While the last three are all retired Hall of Famers, it's possible Howard will pass Duncan by the end of his career. The 35-year-old is averaging 8.4 rebounds per game for the 76ers this season and has already secured 31 such games this season alone. Still, it will take at least a couple more seasons for him to surpass Tim if he does.

9: Tim Duncan's rookie stats at Wake Forest

Tim Duncan's college career at Wake Forest got off to a rocky start, as he apparently caught chickenpox a week before he was expected to make his debut. According to NCAA.com, he lost 17 pounds as a result of illness and went scoreless in his first college game.

Due to the circumstances, Duncan finished his rookie season averaging 9.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game but eventually upped those numbers to 16.5 and 12.3 by the end of his four-year career.

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