Tim Duncan is a former American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. Throughout his time in the NBA, Duncan proved to be an outstanding leader and player for his team. He led the Spurs to multiple playoff runs and championship victories, while also setting numerous records not only for the Spurs organization but for the league as a whole.
Although he did not intend to play professional basketball originally, Duncan took advantage of his tall frame and became the best player in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Unlike many other "big men," Duncan could handle the ball effectively and was a talented shooter. He used his height to block shots, rebound, and be a tenacious defender. Through his strong work ethic, Duncan improved his game every single year of his career and earned his spot as a basketball great.
Tim Duncan started off as a swimmer at a young age but eventually played basketball at St. Dunstan's Episcopal High School in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. After high school, Duncan attended Wake Forest University to play basketball. He contemplated entering the 1995 NBA Draft but decided to play all four years in college before entering the 1997 NBA Draft. Duncan was selected first overall in the draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
Upon entering the NBA, Duncan became a defensive force alongside teammate David Robinson. The two later received the nickname the 'twin towers.' Together, Duncan and Robinson led the Spurs to two NBA championships. After Robinson retired, Duncan took over the Spurs to become a poised leader. Throughout the rest of his career, Duncan continued his success with the Spurs, setting numerous records in aspects such as games won and blocked shots. He led the Spurs to multiple NBA playoff runs and championship victories before retiring in 2016.
Tim Duncan is recognized as one of the most successful basketball players of all time. While playing at Wake Forest, he earned multiple awards including 1996 Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Player of the Year, the Oscar Robertson trophy, the John Wooden Award, the Naismith College Player of the Year, and the best overall player in the NCAA.
After entering the NBA, Duncan's impressive resume continued. Beside being drafted 1st overall, he also earned Rookie of the Month every month his first year and was selected as NBA Rookie of the Year. Duncan led the Spurs to the playoffs 18 different times and won five NBA championships. On top of that, he was awarded NBA Finals MVP three times. In addition, Duncan was named to the NBA All-Star team, All-NBA team, and NBA All-Defensive team 15 times each. Also, he was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player twice.
Tim Duncan was born and grew up in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to his mother Lone and father William. He also has two older sisters named Cheryl and Tricia and a brother named Scott. Unfortunately, Lone Duncan passed away when Tim was only 14 years old.
In 2001, Duncan married Amy Sherrill and the couple had two children together named Sydney and Draven. After getting a divorce from Sherill in 2013, Duncan had another child with girlfriend Vanessa Macias named Quill.
In his free time, Duncan is a large advocate of giving back to the community. After surviving Hurricane Hugo in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan created a relief program called 21 USVI Duncan Relief to help support the recovery efforts of the island. In addition, the Tim Duncan Foundation and the San Antonio Spurs jointly donated $200,000 to the San Antonio Food Bank to feed local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yes, Tim Duncan is a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2020. On August 29, 2020, he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside eight others including Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, and Patrick Baumann. In addition to a Hall of Fame induction, Duncan was also honored in December of 2016 when the San Antonio Spurs retired his jersey number 21.
Growing up, Tim Duncan was a talented swimmer and had dreams of competing in the Olympics. After Hurricane Hugo hit the Virgin Islands and Duncan's mother passed away shortly after, Duncan never returned to swimming competitively. Fortunately for Duncan, his brother-in-law, Ricky Lowery, played college basketball in Ohio and introduced him to the game. With Lowery's help, Duncan learned different basketball skills and quickly developed a passion for the sport that led him to joining the high school team.
After proving to be a dominant basketball player, Duncan piqued the interest of several American colleges including the University of Hartford, University of Delaware, and Providence University. He received scholarship offers from all three schools. Duncan also received a scholarship from Wake Forest head coach Dave Odom, who was only able to watch Tim play in a five versus five pick up game when he visited the Virgin Islands. Luckily for Odom, Duncan decided to attend Wake Forest.
After retiring from playing basketball in 2016, Duncan became an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in 2019. He played all nineteen seasons of his career with the Spurs and developed a very strong and personal relationship with legendary head coach Gregg Popovich. According to Duncan's former teammates, it is great to have him back on the bench because he brings unique energy that has a significant and positive impact on the team.