Tim Duncan announced his retirement in a press release issued by the San Antonio Spurs Monday morning after 19 seasons with the team. Duncan, 40, wraps his career as the greatest power forward to ever play the game and among the top 10 players all-time on many lists. His low-key brilliance while leading the Spurs to five NBA titles stood in sharp contrast to some of the flashier players of his era. He’ll go down as one of the NBA’s greatest winners.
Tim Duncan shares a laugh in 2007 with the only NBA coach, Gregg Popovich, he’s ever known. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Here are the numbers that defined the 15-time All-Star known as the “Big Fundamental.”
1: Overall draft selection during the 1997 NBA Draft after four years and two All-American selections at Wake Forest. Duncan won Rookie of the Year and his team won 36 more games. It also helped to have fellow twin tower, David Robinson, back in uniform after he missed 76 games the prior year, which helped the Spurs secure the top draft pick in 1997.
2: NBA MVP awards for Duncan in 2002 and 2003.
3: NBA Finals MVP awards in 1999, 2003 and 2005. Only Michael Jordan won more.
5.14: Duncan’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus during the 2015-16 season led the NBA. He retires second all-time in Defensive Win Shares behind only Bill Russell.
12: Division titles for the Spurs during the Duncan-era, in addition to the five NBA championships.
15: All-NBA selections, tied for most all-time. His 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors is the most ever.
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67-15: Spurs record this season, the best in franchise history.
126: Postseason wins for the trio of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
157: Duncan’s playoff wins are second most in playoff history.
164: Career postseason double-doubles for Duncan, most in NBA history.
.710: Winning percentage for the Spurs during Duncan’s career. It is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and the best in the four major sports of any team during that time. The Patriots rank second at .704. The Spurs won at least 60% of their game each of Duncan’s 19 seasons.
1,001: Wins for Duncan under Gregg Popovich. It is the most ever for a player-coach duo in NBA history.
1,072-438: Regular season record for the Spurs since drafting Duncan.
1,158: Totalregular and postseason wins for Duncan. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won more.
17,950: Regular and postseason rebounds, fourth most all-time.
$2 million: Duncan eschewed most endorsements, but was making around $2 million off the court at his peak from partners like Adidas, AT&T and HEB.
$6 million: Duncan’s earnings during the 2015-16 season, including $750,000 in incentives. Duncan retires with one year left on his contract with a base salary of $5.6 million. He will not collect the money.
$22.2 million: Duncan’s top salary during his career (2009-10 season).
$25 million: Amount in investments Duncan lost due to a dishonest financial adviser per a lawsuit Duncan filed last year.
$122 million: Value of Duncan’s contract over seven seasons after he was courted heavily by the Orlando Magic (2003-2009)
$186 million: Cost of AT&T Center, which was built in 2002 and likely saved basketball in small market San Antonio. The building was funded mostly by a hotel and car rental tax. The tax was approved by voters in November 1999 on the day the Spurs raised the banner for their first NBA title.
$236.4 million: Career playing salary for Duncan, which ranks third all-time in the NBA behind Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant per Spotrac.
$1.15 billion: Value of the Spurs. Peter Holt led a group that paid $76 million for the team in 1996, a year before drafting Duncan.