Just a few years ago Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and it looked like their time at the top was coming to an end. Two seasons, two Western Conference Titles and one NBA Title later, that notion seems crazy.
Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders believes father time will catch up to Tim Duncan soon and believes this could be the year it happens.
It almost seems foolish to include Tim Duncan on this list coming off a NBA championship season where he served as a key contributor for San Antonio. However, Duncan is 38 years old and Father Time can come calling at a moment’s notice. The Spurs are gearing up for another title run and shouldn’t be doubted to pull off another trip to the NBA Finals, but Duncan will have to play at a high level – and stave off Father Time, again.
Although at 38 years old, it seems like Duncan will fall off soon, it is awful hard to bet against him.
Duncan has averaged 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 49.0% from the field and 73.1% from the free throw line during the regular season then 16.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 52.3% from the field and 76.0% from the free throw line. In his 17-year NBA career, the number one overall pick of the 1997 NBA Draft has put up 19.9 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 50.6% from the field and 69.4% from the charity stripe.
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