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Tim Duncan, The Big Fundamental, Ending Career With Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
Spurs forward Tim Dunan announcing his retirement.

Tim Duncan announced his retirement Monday after 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

The 40-year old first signed with the Spurs following the 1997 NBA draft. He helped the “Silver and Black” reach the playoffs each season since, and assisted the team in achieving a 71-percent win record, the best of any team in NBA history.  

Duncan has scored more points than any other member in franchise history, but he’s slowed in recent seasons and had a career low in points and minutes played last year. Duncan had knee surgery in 2000 for a torn lateral meniscus and suffered another injury to his knee in January, which resulted in him missing games. 

The Spurs forward is a 15-time All-Star, and two-time MVP who’s accumulated more minutes in the playoffs than anyone in professional basketball history, according to the NBA.

Many regard Duncan as a shoo-in for the Basketball Hall of Fame, and one of the best power forwards ever to play the game.