"Congratulations all around to #USVI native Tim Duncan for 19 thrilling seasons of excellence on and off the court", the agency tweeted last night hours after the Spurs on announced the retirement of the St. Croix-born Duncan on Monday, July 11, 2016. Duncan, 40, provided no statement.
Duncan is one of three players to win at least 1,000 games during his career, and he ranks 14th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. He won a total of 5 NBA Championships with 3 NBA Finals MVP awards and 2 NBA MVP awards. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a.600 winning percentage in each of Duncan's 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a.600 win percentage in the four major USA sports. He and his wife Amy divorced in 2013.
Selected as the number one overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, Duncan would help the Spurs win five NBA championships and post a.710 regular season winning percentage during his tenure - the best during a 19-year stretch in NBA history. He was also a 15-time All-Star and a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection.
Duncan's reserved personality kept him largely out of the spotlight, despite his consistently stellar performances with the Spurs, who made the playoffs every year that Duncan played for the team. In Duncan's case, like with a lot of National Basketball Association greats who end up in the Hall of Fame and more importantly, in everyone's memories, the numbers don't tell the whole story.