Tim Duncan: The Big Fundamental
Tim Duncan is one of the most successful basketball players in the NBA today. Born on April 25, 1976, Duncan grew up in Christiansted in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He started out as a swimmer but he changed his sport into basketball when the only Olympic-sized swimming pool in his hometown, St Croix, U.S. Virgin Island was destroyed by a hurricane when he was in his ninth grade.
High School and College Basketball: Duncan had been a natural talent and soon led his high school basketball team when he studied at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School. He also excelled during college when he join the Demon Deacons and became the winner of the Naismith Player of the Year award. He also won the USBWA College Player of the Year and the John Wooden awards during his last year in college at Wake Forest University.
Professional Basketball: Tim Duncan started playing professional basketball when he was chosen with the first pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 1997. The team was already having problems with their stats because of their best player’s injury, David Robinson. But when Duncan had entered the team, the San Antonio Spurs had started getting up from their 20-62 win-loss record.
Twin Towers: The double act of Robinson and Duncan inside the court, which made San Antonio Spurs flourish, was observed as a great duo by NBA fans and they were dubbed as the ‘Twin Towers’.
Awards and Championships: Tim Duncan had started receiving various awards the year he started playing professional basketball. He was awarded as the Rookie of the Year and had even won every Rookie of the Month awards during his first year at the NBA in 1998. Duncan had also been selected as part of the All-Defensive Second Team. He was also elected by coaches to the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. He had led his team to championship four times during the 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007 seasons. He had also won two MVP titles in 2002 and 2003. He had also been an All-Star MVP in 2000 and had also been the NBA Shooting Stars champion in 2008. He had also garnered the NBA Finals MVP award in 1999, 2003 and 2005.
Aside from his professional basketball awards, he had also received a lot of college basketball accolades. Aside from the awards stated above, he had also received the ACC Player of the Year twice and NABC Defensive Player of the Year thrice.