Tim Duncan or the ‘Big Fundamental’ was the greatest Power Forward to ever play the game of Basketball.
Duncan’s retirement before this season brought the curtain down to one of the most accomplished careers in history, a career that saw him make the playoffs every year, a very rare feat in this day and age. What further stands out is the legacy that he is leaving behind at the San Antonio Spurs, the only team he played for in the NBA. Along with coach Gregg Poppovich, Duncan formed the longest running dynasty in NBA history, one that looks like continuing for another decade at least. Over the past 19 years, Duncan had the pleasure of sharing the locker room with greats such as David Robinson, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and now Kawhi Leonard.
Duncan always wanted to be a swimmer, but switched sports following personal reasons. He immediately took to basketball like a duck to water. He was the star on his high school and college basketball teams. He entered the NBA in 1997 as the number one pick in the draft and transformed the franchise from his very first season. At that time, the wins to losses turn around was the largest in history after Duncan’s first season. He along side David Robinson then did the impossible, guiding the Spurs to their first title in history in 1999, with Tim Duncan named Finals MVP and taking over the torch from long time franchise corner stone David Robinson. The Spurs and Duncan would never look back, and they would be perennial contenders for the rest of his career. His consistency and longevity are unparalleled for a big man, with perhaps only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar coming close.