San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan announces he will retire after playing 19 years in the NBA. Duncan, who was drafted number one by the Spurs in 1997 lead the organization to 5 championships in 6 title appearances.
Duncan leaves the game as quite possibly the greatest power forward to play the game. He totaled 15 All-NBA Team selections (tied for most all-time) and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors (most all-time), garnering both honors in the same season 15 times, the most in league history. He was named Rookie of the Year and NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005).
Even more impressive, Duncan had a 1,072-438 regular season record and a .710 winning percentage. Those numbers mark the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years.
Duncan will most certainly join Kobe Bryant, who also retired this season, in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 5 years.