Duncan calls it a day

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced his retirement from the NBA after 19 illustrious seasons with the organisation.

The 40-year-old has ended weeks of speculation about his future and will bow out of the game with one of the most decorated resumes in NBA history.

For his career, the six foot 11 forward averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game and is the only player to start and win an NBA Championship in three different decades.

Duncan is also one of only two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career, the other being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Selected as the number one overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, Duncan would help the Spurs win five NBA championships and post a .710 regular season winning percentage during his tenure – the best during a 19-year stretch in NBA history.

In his decorated career, Duncan picked up Rookie of the Year honours as well as two NBA MVP awards, three NBA Finals MVP awards, 15 All-Star selections and 15 All-NBA Team selections. The Wake Forest graduate was an All-Defensive Team on 15 different occasions which is most all-time.

Duncan totalled 26,496 points, 15,091 rebounds and 3,020 blocked shots during his 19 years in the NBA.

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