After 19 seasons, San Antonio Spurs big man Tim Duncan has announced that he will retire. Since drafting Duncan with the overall pick in the 1997 draft, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team 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 the last 19 years.
Duncan was a 15 All-NBA Team selections (tied for most all-time) and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors (most all-time), getting 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).
Duncan who turned 40 this season averaged 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season. Duncan also led the NBA in Defensive RPM with 5.41.
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 11, 2016