37 Facts About Tim Duncan

1. Tim Duncan spent his entire 19-year playing career with the San Antonio Spurs.

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2. Tim Duncan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020 and named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.

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3. Tim Duncan started out as an aspiring swimmer and only began playing basketball in ninth grade, when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the only available Olympic-sized pool in his homeland of Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands.

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4. Tim Duncan is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA MVP, a three-time NBA Finals MVP, a 15-time NBA All-Star, and the only player to be selected to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons.

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5. Tim Duncan was born and raised in Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands.

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6. Tim Duncan is the son of immigrants from Anguilla Ione, a professional midwife, and William Duncan, a mason.

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7. In school, Tim Duncan was a bright pupil and dreamt of becoming an Olympic-level swimmer like Tricia.

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8. In 1989, after Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island's only Olympic-sized swimming pool, Tim Duncan was forced to swim in the ocean instead, and his fear of sharks ruined his enthusiasm for the sport.

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9. Tim Duncan was dealt another emotional blow when his mother died of breast cancer one day before his 14th birthday.

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10. Tim Duncan was chosen to represent the US in the 1994 Goodwill Games.

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11. Tim Duncan was voted All-ACC First Team, a feat he would repeat in his two remaining years at Wake Forest.

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12. The Demon Deacons won the ACC Finals again, but in the Sweet 16, Tim Duncan came down with the flu, and his team missed the Final Four.

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13. Tim Duncan earned first-team All-American honors for the second time and was a unanimous pick for both the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Naismith College Player of the Year.

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14. In contrast to contemporary prep-to-pro players like Kevin Garnett, Jermaine O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, and Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan stayed in college for a full four years.

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15. In college, Tim Duncan co-authored a chapter in the social psychology book Aversive Interpersonal Behaviors with Mark Leary.

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16. In 2009, Tim Duncan was inducted into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame.

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17. Tim Duncan gives all the extra effort and work and wants to become a better player.

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18. Tim Duncan injured his meniscus shortly before the end of the regular season and was unable to play in even one postseason game.

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19. Tim Duncan was again named to the All-NBA and All-Defensive First Teams.

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20. On July 16, 2003, Tim Duncan signed a seven-year, $122 million contract with the Spurs.

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21. On January 21, 2010, Tim Duncan was named as the starting forward for the West for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.

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22. On November 30, 2010, Tim Duncan recorded his third career triple-double against the Golden State Warriors.

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23. On May 31, 2012, in the third game of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan set the record for most career blocks in playoffs history, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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24. On July 11, 2012, Tim Duncan agreed to re-sign with the Spurs.

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25. Tim Duncan finished the regular season with 23,785 career points, which broke George Gervin's record for most points in a Spurs uniform.

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26. In that game, Tim Duncan scored 25 points in the first half, his biggest haul in a half of an NBA Finals game.

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27. Tim Duncan scored 22 points and passed Kevin Garnett to move into 14th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

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28. On July 9, 2015, Tim Duncan re-signed with the Spurs to a two-year deal.

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29. In 1998, Tim Duncan was selected as one of the last two players for the United States national team for the World Basketball Championship.

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30. Tim Duncan started all the games he played in and averaged team bests of 15.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.56 bpg, while shooting 60.7 percent from the field.

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31. In 2002, Tim Duncan was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team honoring the 50 greatest players in ACC history.

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32. Tim Duncan was named by the Association for Professional Basketball Research as one of the "100 Greatest Professional Basketball Players of the 20th Century", and is the youngest player on that list.

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33. On July 22, 2019, the San Antonio Spurs announced that Tim Duncan was named an assistant coach.

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34. On November 12, 2020, Tim Duncan stepped down as assistant coach of the Spurs.

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35. In 2013, Tim Duncan opened the vehicle customization BlackJack Speed Shop in San Antonio, located near the San Antonio Spurs practice facility.

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36. In those two years, Tim Duncan was named by Sporting News as one of the "Good Guys" in sports.

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37. In March 2020, Tim Duncan offered to pay for airline tickets for college students in the US Virgin Islands to travel home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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