THE SAN Antonio Spurs announced will retire Tim Duncan’s No. 21 jersey on Sunday (Monday, Manila time).
Duncan is the eighth Spurs player in franchise history to have his number retired, joining David Robinson, Bruce Bowen, Sean Elliott, George Gervin, Avery Johnson, Johnny Moore and James Sila.
The No.1 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan led San Antonio to five NBA championships, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over that time.
The Spurs reached the playoffs in the 19 seasons with Duncan and he is the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades.
In his final season in San Antonio, Duncan became just the third player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team. 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 after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Duncan was selected for 15 All-NBA Teams (tied for most all-time) and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors (most all-time), garnering both honors in the same season 15 times. The 1998 Rookie of the Year was named NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005).