San Antonio Spurs History

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

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4: # of 20-win seasons Duncan led Wake Forest to from 1994-97

Tim led the Spurs to one of the biggest turnaround seasons in NBA history. But before that, he had a similar effect on the Demon Deacons. The 1993 Wake Forest team finished just 6-16 but improved that to 21-12 after Duncan's arrival.

In his four years at Wake, they won 20 or more games every season, which included ACC titles in 1995 and 1996.

3: NBA Finals MVP awards, the most prestigious award in the game

Tim Duncan is one of five to win three or more NBA Finals MVP awards, and the rest of the list is full of all-time greats. He finished his career tied with Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal and below only LeBron James (4) and Michael Jordan (6).

From 1999 through 2003, Tim was league MVP twice and NBA Finals MVP three times.

2: NBA season MVPs (2002 & 2003)

There's no doubt Tim Duncan was the best player on the planet for a stretch in the early 2000s. In 2002, Duncan played all 82 games and averaged 25.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.5 blocks. The following season, he showed up in 81 games, averaged 23.3, 12.9, 3.9, and 2.9, and then led the Spurs to their second title.

The result was three MVP awards in two years, which was just the start of his illustrious hardware collection.

1: Most wins with one team in NBA history (1,001)

I probably could've made most of this list with numbers about Tim's ability to win, but that would've been repetitive. For those, his official milestone page on NBA.com is worth a visit. Instead, I saved his best for last.

Duncan retired with 1,001 wins with the Spurs, which remains the most of any player with one team in league history. Given that all wins came under Gregg Popovich, the same number applies to the record of wins by a player/coach duo. What a career.

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