The San Antonio Spurs has announced that come December 18, Tim Duncan’s number 21 jersey will be retired.
He retired in July after 19 seasons in the NBA, all with the Spurs. In all that time, he won five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards and 15 all-star appearances.
Duncan was the No. 1 pick by the Spurs in the 1997 draft and his impact was felt immediately, he won the NBA rookie of the year. And earning all-NBA first-team honours. He won his first championship with the Spurs in his second season, in 1998-99 and was named finals MVP.
He would go on to win four more titles, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and he was named Finals MVP twice more, in 2003 and 2005. San Antonio posted a win percentage of at least .600 in 19 straight seasons with Duncan, the longest such run in NBA history.
Duncan finishes his career with averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).
Duncan made the NBA All‐Defensive First Team eight times. He is only the third player in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish are the only players with more career victories.