The day has arrived -- San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan will be officially be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this evening. The enshrinement ceremony will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, where Duncan will join Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant as the newest all-time greats to receive the honor.
I've been honoring The Big Fundamental with posts about his career every day this week, starting with the top 10 players he dominated in his career. With his Hall of Fame enshrinement officially beginning, it's time to look at some raw numbers.
Duncan was not only one of the winningest players the NBA has ever seen, but he was so dominant statistically that it was tough to narrow down his biggest games to one per season. Still, I combed through all of the data and found his biggest standout performance for all 19 seasons he played in the league.
From his first game at age 21 to his last at 39, here's a countdown of what I think were the most impressive performances Duncan had in his remarkable career.
1998: San Antonio Spurs stifle Warriors, Tim has a monster game
The Spurs held the Warriors to just 10 fourth-quarter points in February 1998 in what was the first monster game of Tim Duncan's career. Tim shot 14-of-25 to score an efficient 34 points while pulling down 14 rebounds in the contest. He also had three blocks, two steals, and no turnovers. Yeah, I think it's safe to say he had the Rookie of the Year award locked up early.
1999: Tim Duncan hosts a block party against the Grizzlies
Before the Grizzlies played in Memphis, they were in Vancouver, where they didn't have the best luck. In April 1999, they went into San Antonio just 6-24 to face a 20-10 Spurs team, and the result was as you'd expect. Tim shot an insane 19-for-31 to finish with 39 points, but his six blocks were just as impressive. He also added 13 boards in a 103-91 win.