Tim Duncan ties John Stockton for fourth-most career wins in NBA history


An argument can be had for Tim Duncan being the greatest power forward the NBA has ever seen. If you look at the amount of victories he’s accumulated over his career as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, it’s hard to deny him that title.

With a 112-107 Spurs victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday night, Duncan tied John Stockton of the Utah Jazz for the fourth-most career victories in league history at 1,042.

Kareem Abdul-Jabber is the all-time leader with 1228 wins. Robert Parish is in second with 1121, while “The Mailman” Karl Malone rounds out the top-3 with 1050.

If Duncan were to retire at the end of the season with a fifth Larry O’Brien trophy to add to his collection, he would fall just four wins shy of tying Malone for third overall.

The 2014 NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 5 at 9:00 p.m. when the Miami Heat visit the AT&T Center for Game 1 of the series.

Ironically enough, as Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press points out on Twitter, both Duncan and LeBron James of the Heat have the most wins by a player over the last 10 years.

If that wasn’t amazing enough, the five players with the highest field goal percentages over the last 10 years will all be featured in this series as well.

The Heat defeated the Spurs in seven games in 2012-13 to win their second-straight NBA Championship.