At 37 years old, future Hall of Fame big man Tim Duncan has taken a step back in the sense of “pure” production, but he remains one of the best players in the NBA, and the league has recognized Duncan by naming him the Western Conference Player of the Week.
Per NBA: Tim Duncan has been named the Western conference player of the week. #Spurs
— Paul Garcia PS (@PaulGarciaPS) March 31, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of an incredible, 17-game winning streak (which surely has something to do with this selection), and Duncan had a fantastic week of efficient basketball. In four games, the big man averaged 20.0 points on 62.5% shooting from the floor, and for good measure, he added 8.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 blocks per game in route to those four victories. More impressively, though, Duncan was able to do this kind of damage while playing just 26.5 (!!!) minutes per game, and it is easy to see why he was deserving of the honor.
At this point, the Spurs are considered by many to be the best team in the NBA, and their league-leading record of 57-16 (.781) is representative of that thought. Still, many overlook both Duncan and San Antonio as “boring”, but with every passing day, converts should begin to appreciate both his longevity and current dominance.