One of the greatest careers in basketball history has come to an end. Tim Duncan, a five-time champion, two-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP and 15-time All-Star announced he’s retiring on Monday.
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Duncan’s career will be remembered for many things, but his ability to consistently be great is what separates him from nearly every other player who’s ever stepped foot on an NBA floor. During the 1997-1998 season, as a 22-year-old rookie, Duncan averaged 19.4 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes. His PER was 22.6. As a 39-year-old during the 2014-2015 season he averaged 17.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes. His PER was 22.6. Duncan never played fewer than 61 games in a season (excluding the 50-game lockout season in 1999) and his team won at least 50 games every year of his career (again, excluding the lockout-shortened ’99 season).