Tim Duncan was born in born April 25, 1976, by Ione Duncan and William Duncan. Duncan mother is a Midwife while his father is Manson. He is the only son of his mother and has 2 elder sisters. Tim Duncan was a swimmer before he started playing basketball in his ninth grade after the Hurricane Hugo destroyed the Olympic sized pool near his home of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
While in College, Duncan had an illustrious career with the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons, he won the Naismith College Player of the Year, USBWA College Player of the Year and John Wooden awards in his final year.
Tim Duncan graduated from the college before he was drafted into the 1997 NBA draft as the number one pick.
He was drafted to San Antonio Spurs in replacement for David Robinson wi was also a number one draft pick in 1987 but sidelined for most of the year due to an injury and San Antonio Spurs finished the season with a 20–62 win-loss record Tim Duncan and David Robinson became known as the “Twin Towers”, having earned a reputation for their exceptional defense close to the basket, forcing opponents to take lower percentage shots from outside.
Tim Duncan Notable NBA Achievements
- In his second-ever road game, he grabbed 22 rebounds against opposing Chicago Bulls Hall of Fame power forward Dennis Rodman, a multiple rebounding champions and NBA Defensive Player of the Year
In his rookie season, Duncan lived up to expectations of being the number one draft pick, starting in all 82 regular-season games, averaging 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 blocks per game, and earning All-NBA First Team honours
- Tim Duncan defensive contributions ensured that he was elected to the All-Defensive Second Team and was also named NBA Rookie of the Year, having won the NBA Rookie of the Month award every single month that season
In the 1999–2000 season, Duncan further cemented his reputation. He averaged 23.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 blocks per game, earned another pair of All-NBA and All-Defense First Team call-ups and was co-MVP with Shaquille O’Neal of the NBA All-Star Game
During the 2002–03 season, Tim Duncan enjoyed another standout season in which he averaged 23.3 points, a career-high 12.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.9 blocks per game, and yet another dual All-NBA and All-Defense First Team call-up, resulting in his second NBA Most Valuable Player Award
Tim Duncan won his third NBA Finals MVP Award, joining Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history to win it three times.
Tim Duncan Personal Awards before retirement from NBA
- NBA Most Valuable Player Award 2003, 2002
- Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award 2005, 2003, 1999
- All-NBA Team 2013, 2007, 2005, …
- NBA All-Defensive Team 2008, 2007, 2005, …
- NBA Rookie of the Year Award 1998
- NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award 2000
- Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award 2015
- Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 2003
- Best NBA Player ESPY Award 2003, 2000
- NBA All-Rookie Team 1998
- John R. Wooden Award 1997
- Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year 1996, 1997
Tim Duncan opted into his $5.6 million contracts on June 28, 2016, for the 2016–17 season. However, on July 11, 2016, he announced his retirement from the NBA after 19 seasons with San Antonio.