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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