Tim Duncan is a professional basketball player from the Virgin Islands who plays as a power forward. He is a 5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, and was the Most Valuable Player twice. Duncan is a College Basketball Hall of Famer and his Number21 jersey was retired by both San Antonio Spurs and Wake Forest University.
Born Timothy Theodore Duncan April 25, 1976, his first love was swimming and had no time for basketball until the 9th grade. At the St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School, Duncan became one of the most prominent players. In his senior year at high school, Duncan scored at 25 points per game to take advantage of his height and build.
Duncan went to the Wake Forest University, playing for the Demon Deacons for four seasons. In 1994, he was asked to represent the American team at the Goodwill Games. In his second season, Duncan was named as the most probable to be the NBA Draft’s number one pick, along with Joe Smith, Rasheed Wallace & Jerry Stackhouse.
Duncan finally declared for the 1997 NBA Draft, getting picked at an unsurprising number one overall, by the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan ended with the year with the NBA Rookie of the Year title and was obviously named to the All-Rookie First Team at the All-Star weekend.
Throughout his 19-year career, he showed exceptional power forward skills on the court which made him the only player to be selected for both the All-Defensive and All-NBA Teams for 13 consecutive seasons. In 2008-09, despite starting the season strongly, Duncan’s performance fell drastically and he was, eventually, diagnosed with a chronic knee tendinitis.