Created Monday, 05 March 2007 21:22
Written by Randy Watson
He was the number one overall draft pick of the 1997 NBA draft, and was named NBA rookie of the year. He was the Most valuable Player of the 200 NBA All Stars, and the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2002, 2003 and 2005. He is an Olympic Medalist, playing for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics. He played alongside David Robinson as one of the San Antonio Spurs\’ \”Twin Towers\”. He lead the Spurs to three National Basketball Association Championships. He was ranked # 55 in Slam Magazines\’ top NBA players of all time in 2003. He is Tim Duncan.
Tim Duncan is arguably one of the best power players in the league today. He consistently delivers each game, and is one of the best all-around players in the NBA. He was two blocks away from a quadruple-double in the last game 2003 NBA finals, where the Spurs won the NBA Championships.
He is also an unselfish player, dominating the game but letting his teammates shine and have their time in the spotlight. He has also been named in the NBA All Stars and the NBA ALL Defensive teams for his first five seasons, being the second player in the league to do so (after former teammate David Robinson). Tim also averages twenty points or more per game. He is known for his amazingly accurate bank shots and his passes.
Tim has difficulty with free throw shooting though, averaging around 65%. Still, Tim is one of the greatest players in the league today. Tim is also involved in several charitable organizations, and runs the Tim Duncan foundation along with his wife. The foundation funds nonprofit organizations in San Antonio and South Texas, Tim\’s hometown of St. Croix the US Virgin Islands, and North Carolina where Tim attended college, in the areas of youth sports and recreation, education, and health awareness and research.
The foundation also supports the Tim Duncan\’s Character Program in San Antonio schools, a program which recognizes students that demonstrate strong character values and civic responsibility.Tim didn\’t star out as a basketball player though. He was a nationally ranked swimmer when he was younger, only switching to basketball in his ninth grade when Hurricane Hugo wrecked the pool in his school in the US Virgin Islands.
He played basketball in Wake Forest college, graduating with honors in Psychology before being selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA draft. Tim has been named a starting forward in the Western Conference lineup of the 2007 NBA All Stars game. He has been selected to play in the All Stars game every year since joining the league. Playing alongside other players like Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker, Tim could very well lead the Spurs to another NBA title this year. The Spurs are determined enough to again play their way to the NBA finals for another shot at the title.
We\’ll see what happens in the playoffs.