The Spurs retire Tim Duncan’s No. 21 jersey

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LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will withdraw the no. 21 jersey of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan on Dec. 18, the team announced Wednesday. The team’s star player will be the last one to wear carry that number on his back.

A veteran of 19 NBA seasons (all with the Spurs), Duncan retired in July with five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, 15 All-­Star appearances and a spot on many lists as the greatest power forward of all time. San Antonio posted a win percentage of at least 60% of 19 straight seasons with Duncan, the longest such run in NBA history.

Wake Forest student’s, Duncan was the No. 1 pick by the Spurs in the 1997 draft. He made an immediate impact, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year. He won five titles, in 1999, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and he was named Finals MVP twice, in 2003 and 2005.

Duncan finishes his career with the average of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).

Duncan made the NBA All‐Defensive First Team eight times. He is only the third player in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish are the only players with more career victories.

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