No surprises there – Tim Duncan re-signs with the San Antonio Spurs
And Tim Duncan is back with the San Antonio Spurs. Well, to be honest no one really expected Tim Duncan to go anywhere else.
The San Antonio tied another loose knot on Wednesday by re-signing their iconic 36-year-old forward Tim Duncan. The details of the contract have not been made public yet, although a couple of media outlets suggest the deal between Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs is a three-year-contract worth $36 million.
The No. 1 overall pick from the 1997 NBA Draft, Tim Duncan has been charismatic leader and a fan favorite for the San Antonio Spurs. The San Antonio Spurs have captured nine division titles and four NBA championships in the 15 seasons Tim Duncan has played with them. Moreover, Tim Duncan has led the San Antonio Spurs to the playoffs every single year.
The San Antonio Spurs have won 830 games and lost 352 games in the 15 years of the Tim Duncan era. Interestingly, this is the highest winning percentage any team has come up with in a 15-year period in NBA history.
“Tim Duncan has established himself as one of the best players in NBA history,” San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich said. “He is an unselfish superstar who loves to compete and has only one goal when he steps on the court — to do whatever it takes to help his team win. We are all thrilled that he'll spend his entire career as a San Antonio Spur.”
Tim Duncan has two NBA MVP titles and three NBA Finals MVP titles under his belt. Tim Duncan, who has made it to the All-Star 13 times, averages at 20.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.22 blocks per game.
A series of injuries made it look like as if Tim Duncan would quit his career, but last season Tim Duncan rejuvenated his career with impressive form. Tim Duncan put up an average of 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs to the Southwest Division title last season.
Clearly whosoever thought the Tim Duncan era was over is mistaken. Nonetheless, Tim Duncan’s days left in the NBA are numbered. He is playing well for the San Antonio Spurs but the veteran is showing signs of aging.
“I think (his health) probably had as much to do with solidifying in his mind how long he wanted to go into the future,” general manager R.C. Buford said. “He played well throughout this whole season and he even felt better than he ever had. I think in his mind that was what was important. We're going to play him as long as he says he can play and then probably a couple of days longer. We're hoping he's going to extend us.”