In North America, NBA or the National Basketball Association is the surpassing men’s professional basketball league. Tim Duncan, born on 25th April 1976, is a retired professional American basketball player. He played for the San Antonio Spurs for his whole 19-year career.
Duncan was brilliant with the basics. He was a back-to-the-basket and out-and-out scorer. He had both consistency and longevity. On the court, due to lack of flashiness, his prowess was often underestimated by his opponents. He was dominating in every aspect of the game. He used to approach the game mentally. He was best at focusing on the small things like rebounding, setting picks, and playing defense that won games. He showed incredible poise and versatility during his game. With the help of his wide range of skills, he excelled at both center and forward. Duncan’s ability to legit play gave him an edge over the other players. He had a perfect hook shot and a great bank shot. He had prompt footwork and a silky-soft touch inside. He was a visionary, a combination of grace and size on the court.
Duncan Was Honoured By The House Of Representatives At His College
During his college days, he was titled as the ACC Male Athlete of the Year; he also received the Adolph Rupp Trophy and John R. Wooden Award. USBWA (United State of Basketball Writer Association) selected him as the Naismith College Player of the Year. In 1997, he received the Player of the Year honour from Sporting News and NABC (National Association of Basketball Coach). Duncan was honoured along with fifty best players in ACC history on ACC 50th anniversary in 2012. He was the third player to ever receive the IBM Player, TSN Player, and the MVA Award in the same season. In 2005, he received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. He was also entitled as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. In the year of 1997-98; 1999-2000 to 2010-11; 2012-13, Duncan had been entitled to 15 NBA All-Star Team. In 1997-98 to 2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15, he was entitled to 15 All-NBA teams. In 1997-98 to 2009-10; 2012-13, 2014-15; eight first team nominations, he was entitled to 15 All-Defensive teams.
Along with three other players namely Bob Petit, Larry Bird, and Oscar Robertson, Tim Duncan had received All-NBA First Team honours in each of his first eight seasons (1998-2005). In NBA history, Duncan is the only player who had managed to capture All-Defensive and All-NBA honours from 1997-98 to 2009-10 (his first 13 seasons). He became the NBA Champion five times, in the years 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. He won the NBA Finals MVP in the years 1999, 2003, and 2005. In the years 2002, 2003, he was entitled as NBA Most Valuable Player. He was titled as the NBA All-Star for fifteen times. He became the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 2000. He was named three times as the All-NBA Second Team in the year of 2006, 2008, and 2009. He was entitled two times as the All-NBA Third Team in the year of 2010 and 2015. In 1998, he became the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2008, he was the NBA Shooting Stars Champion.
He is one of the three players in the world who has 1000 career wins in NBA history. Tim Duncan was an all-rounder in the NBA, with best combination of skills as a rebounder, shooter, passer, defender, dribbler, and scorer. He was an excellent, consistent, and steady player. After reaching the peak of his career with 15000 rebounds, 3000 blocks and 26000 points, Duncan retired from NBA this year. He was the all-time leading scorer of San Antonio Spurs. He gave 1000 wins to the team. Seeing his spectacular and astonishing performance, we can say that Tim Duncan is a legend of NBA.
Nash has been, without a doubt, the best player in Phoenix Suns history, who came back where he started and proved the flop tag wrong. Nash was a true warrior of his team but had a tendency to perform below par in the Playoffs, as he failed to win any title for his side despite making it to the finals twice. Nash ended his Phoenix career on a low as his team failed to qualify for the Playoffs consecutively. The only missing piece from his Suns career was the trophy – analogous to Messi’s failure to win an international trophy with Argentina or Zlatan not winning the Champions League – a will always remain in his stellar career.