Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

TUESDAY, 11:42am: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter), the Spurs have officially waived Duncan for salary-cap purposes. The veteran big man had been on the team’s books for $6,393,750 this year, so assuming San Antonio stretched his salary, that figure will now be $2,131,250 annually over the next three seasons.Tim Duncan vertical

MONDAY, 9:16am: For many basketball fans around the world, it is extremely difficult to imagine the NBA without Tim Duncan a part of it. But that’s the reality we face with the surefire Hall-of-Famer officially announcing his retirement today via the team’s website. This marks the conclusion of one of the most impressive professional careers the league has seen.

Since drafting Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, San Antonio won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, good for a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over that span.

Duncan totaled 15 All-NBA Team selections, which is tied for most all-time, and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors, the most all-time, earning both honors in the same season 15 times, the most in league history. The 1998 Rookie of the Year was named NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005), per the team’s release.

The 40-year-old had opted in for 2016/17, but was reportedly on the fence about continuing his career. Duncan saw his production decline this past season, as he averaged a career-low 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in 25.2 minutes per contest over 61 regular-season appearances. He also shot just 48.8% from the floor, his lowest mark in 10 years. Duncan finishes his career with marks of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per contest. He owns a career shooting line of .506/.179/.696.

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Andrewc62
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Andrewc62
2 months 13 days ago

Sad day for the NBA

Andrewc62
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Andrewc62
2 months 13 days ago

Sad day for the NBA

Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
2 months 13 days ago

He’s a legend and was the best player for this generation, not Kobe. Kobe was flashier but Duncan was the best. Thank you TD!

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json-api
2 months 13 days ago

At least he didn’t destroy his franchise unlike Kobe.

lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 12 days ago

NBA destroyed the Lakers when they killed the Paul trade. Not Kobe

JP
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JP
2 months 13 days ago

Rest easy up there big fella

slim7180
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slim7180
2 months 13 days ago

Tim Duncan was one of the most professional pro-athletes that I have ever had the pleasure of watching, which is sadly ironic. All “pro” players should strive to be more like him. I’m not a spurs fan but it’s rather difficult to not enjoy their style of play. The NBA is losing an all time great, good luck to him in his future endeavors.

bdubs521
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bdubs521
2 months 13 days ago

Goat @ PF

krillin
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krillin
2 months 13 days ago

I like to think of Tim Duncan as the Derek Jeter of the NBA. Although honestly I think Duncan achieved much more.

Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
2 months 13 days ago

He did. But was just so low-key about it. Not flashy at all. Plus being in San Antonio you don’t receive the attention of a New York Yankees shortstop.

cubsfan2489
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cubsfan2489
2 months 13 days ago

How was Jeter flashy?

Bobby Sweet
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Bobby Sweet
2 months 13 days ago

If ever there was a player – in any sport – that deserved to walk off the court/field directly into the Hall of Fame, it’s Tim Duncan. bdubs521 said all that needed to be said: TD is the greatest Power Forward in the history of this sport. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to watch him play all these years.

aarongill
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aarongill
2 months 13 days ago

Find it funny how people just HAVE TO bring up Kobe. Let Duncan enjoy this moment. Leave the debate for a later time.

Clark K
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Clark K
2 months 13 days ago
I’ll bring up Kobe but not to compare or anything like that from 1999-2010 Kobe and TD helped lead their teams to the finals 11 out of 12 seasons. Now they didn’t win every time, but to do that is outstanding, Jordan’s bulls get a lot of credit and stuff, but imo Kobes Lakers and TDs Spurs are two of the greatest dynasties of all time in any sport. TD was and will be the greatest spur and PF of all time, class act played the game how it should’ve been played. It’s gonna be weird turning on a game… Read more »
Matt
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Matt
2 months 13 days ago

an all time great player but an even better role model

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