Tim Duncan Announces Retirement After 19 NBA Seasons with Spurs

NBA: Tim Duncan Retires After 19 NBA Seasons with San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan All-Time PF Ranks: points (4th); rebounds (2nd); blocks (1st); assists (2nd); FGs (4th); FTs (2nd); Games (2nd); minutes (3rd)

After 19 years and five championships with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan announced Monday morning that he would retire at age 40.

Duncan was an elite player on an excellent Spurs team for his entire career. The Spurs made the playoffs every year in his tenure, never with a winning percentage lower than .610, and won five titles, with Duncan the finals’ most valuable player in three of them. He also won the league M.V.P. Award twice.

A relative latecomer to basketball growing up in the Virgin Islands, the 6-foot-11 Duncan was initially a swimmer. He was the No. 1 pick in the N.B.A. draft after four years at Wake Forest.

Tim Duncan is the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades.