In the 1997 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs picked Duncan using the team’s first overall pick. He is gone on to direct the team to five championships.
The youngest of William and Ione Duncan’s three kids, as well as their only lad, Tim given his early fit years to swimming, a sport where he became the top U.S. competition in his age group in the 400-meter freestyle.
But following the onslaught of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, which ruined his team’s pool, after which the passing of his mother soon afterwards, Duncan leave swimming.
During his freshman year of high school, Duncan started playing basketball. By his senior year, Duncan had grown nine inches and enhanced his game significantly, to the stage where schools began scouting him.
In the autumn of 1993, Duncan registered at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he went to earn a diploma in psychology. There, the lanky forward rapidly adjusted to the school game as well as in his junior year was named an All American. His senior year of 1996 97 proved even better. Duncan again was named an All American in addition to the NCAA Player of the Year.
That spring, the San Antonio Spurs picked Duncan with the first overall pick in the 1997 National Basketball Association draft.
Teamed with centre David Robinson, who had missed the 1997 season because of injury, Duncan immediately transformed the Spurs right into a tournament competition.
Even as his teammate David Robinson slowed down, Duncan continued to keep the Spurs as perennial challengers. In 2002 and 2003 he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, while also directing San Antonio to the 2003 title and gathering the Finals MVP award. Three more tournaments followed, in 2005, 2007 and 2014.
While his game and style are not as splashy as some of his opponents, most notably Shaquille O’Neal, the power forward has earned the respect of coaches and players throughout the NBA.
Longtime San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has echoed the thought, every one of the while lauding Duncan for his leadership qualities. “He may be a 7-footer, however he is essentially a quarterback in short pants,” he’s said.
Tim Duncan married his school sweetheart, Amy, in 2001. The couple were married 12 years before calling it quits in 2013. They’ve a son and a daughter together.
Off the court, Duncan is an active community member. The Tim Duncan Foundation, which Amy Duncan heads, boosts well-being, education and diversion causes that enhance the lives of young kids in San Antonio, Winston Salem and St. Croix.
Additionally, Duncan supports a number of other social systems in San Antonio, such as the Children’s Bereavement Center as well as the Cancer Therapy and Research Center.