Tim Duncan retires after 19 stellar seasons with Spurs

A five-time champion, two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP and 15-time All-Star, Duncan’s career has come to an end as the greatest power forward to ever play the game. (Photo, Twitter via @SanAntonioSpurs)

After 19 dominant seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan is retiring from basketball as one of the greatest players in the league’s history.

A five-time champion, two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP and 15-time All-Star, Duncan ends his career as perhaps the greatest power forward to ever play the game.

Duncan’s decision to retire was officially announced Monday morning, with the Spurs tweeting the news – shocking NBA fans everywhere.

His illustrious career is one that will always be remembered in San Antonio- his only NBA home. Upon his arrival in the Alamo City in 1997, the 40-year old basketball icon quickly proved to be one of the best, and it didn’t take long for San Antonians to fall in love with him.

He was named NBA Rookie of the Year and helped win the Spurs’ first NBA Championship in 1999. The Spurs defeated the New York Knicks 4-1 in the NBA Finals and Duncan was named Finals MVP. The rest is history.

Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades.

The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.

He became the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team – all with Gregg Popovich. He helped the Spurs to a franchise-best 67-15 record and also became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career.

In his NBA career, the future Hall of Famer appeared in a total of 1,392 games and averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks in 34.0 minutes. He shot .506 (10,285-20,334) from the floor and .696 (5,896-8,468) from the free throw line.

As the only player in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs, Duncan ranks first all-time in postseason double-doubles (164) and blocks (568), third in rebounds (2,859) and sixth in points (5,172). For his career, Duncan appeared in 251 postseason contests (second all-time) and averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.3 minutes while shooting .501 (1,975-3,939) from the field.

Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan is part of the NBA record for most wins by a trio in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Duncan and Popovich have the most wins by a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001) and the Spurs forward finishes his career in San Antonio as one of just three players in NBA history, along with John Stockton and Kobe Bryant, to spend 19 seasons with one franchise.

San Antonio will miss you Tim Duncan. Thank you!