3 Ways Tim Duncan Has Made History

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The San Antonio Spurs are at it again. After their 112-77 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, the Spurs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals and appear to be well on their way to a second-consecutive NBA final. Over the years, San Antonio has been the NBA’s poster child for consistency — for example, they haven’t missed the playoffs since 1997. And that streak coincides with the 1997 draft; a draft where the Spurs selected a young star from Wake Forest with the top overall pick.

That young phenom’s name was Tim Duncan — a name that has become synonymous with success and talent over the last seventeen seasons. The trio of Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker in San Antonio has become one of the most successful of all time. This success can mostly be tied to all three’s respective talent, but Duncan was the cornerstone of it all. Whenever he retires (maybe soon since he’s 38 years old), he’ll go down as one of the best to ever to play the game and will assuredly be selected into the Hall of Fame. But until that time comes, he will continue to garner awards, honors, and records — whether that’s individual or team. With that in mind, here are three of the most impressive records Duncan holds.

1. Most playoff double-doubles

Duncan’s 14 points and 12 rebounds in San Antonio’s game two victory over the Thunder was his 153rd career playoff double-double. And there’s only one player in the history of the NBA who has more: Magic Johnson (157). Being just four shy of Johnson, Duncan could potentially break the record this year. While the majority of Johnson’s double-doubles came in a variety of points, assists, and rebounds, Duncan usually gets his with rebounds and points. At 6-foot-11, Duncan has been a hybrid power forward and center his entire career — a force to be reckoned with in the paint.

And with only four more playoff double-doubles to go, Duncan finds himself in the midst of elite company. The next two players on the list are Shaquille O’Neal with 142 and Bill Russell with 137. All four of these players are either current Hall of Famers or future ones. Outside of the playoffs, Duncan sits ninth overall for double-doubles with 751. This just shows that the veteran Duncan reserves his most impressive play for when it counts most.