San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan is leaning toward retirement, reports The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Duncan turned 40 in April, and saw his effectiveness decline over his last season, particularly during the playoffs, when he averaged the lowest minutes and points of his career.
The Spurs selected Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, and he has spent the last 19 years with the franchise, leading the team to five championships.
Entering the NBA one year after 2016 retiree Kobe Bryant, Duncan has arguably enjoyed more success, albeit with much less fanfare. In addition to the five championships, Duncan has won Finals MVP three times, and was the back-to-back regular season MVP in 2002–03.
Duncan is also a 15-time All-Star, and has been a member of the All-Defensive First or Second team 15 times.
The Spurs have encountered unprecedented success during Duncan’s tenure with the club. San Antonio has made the playoffs every year of Duncan’s career, and have a winning percentage of at least .740 in the last 17 regular seasons.
A native of the Virgin Islands, Duncan attended Wake Forest before his NBA career. He is currently the Spurs’ all-time leading scorer.