Tim Duncan kicked butt and took names.
The San Antonio Spurs forward was subliminally ruthless on the court, dominating through sheer play. He was the centerpiece of the Spurs’ dynasty by committing to team-oriented basketball and leadership along with David Robinson, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.
It must take a comet to impress him.
Timothy Theodore Duncan was born on April 25, 1976, in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He grew up a swimmer, but his brother-in-law pushed him to try basketball as a freshman at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School after Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989.
He caught on to hoops quickly and gained recognition of coaches in the United States, most notably Wake Forest University head coach Dave Odom. Duncan joined the Demon Deacons’ basketball team in 1993.
College & NBA Career
Duncan is a member of the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class alongside Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. The legendary power forward has his fair share of accomplishments in both college and the NBA:
— Consensus National College Player of the Year (1997)
— 2x Consensus First-Team All-American (1996, 1997)
— Chip Hilton Player of the Year (1997)
— NCAA Rebounding Leader (1997)
— 3x NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1995-97)
— 2x ACC Player of the Year (1996, 1997)
— 3x First-Team All ACC (1995-97)
— No. 21 Retired by Wake Forest Demon DeaconsAdvertisement
San Antonio Spurs
— 5 NBA Championships
— 3x NBA Finals MVP
— 2x NBA Most Valuable Player
— 15x NBA All-Star
— NBA All-Star Game MVP (2000)
— 10x All-NBA First Team
— 3x All-NBA Second Team
— 2x All-NBA Third Team
— 8x NBA All-Defensive First Team
— 7x NBA All-Defensive Second Team
— NBA Rookie of the Year (1998)
— NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)
— No. 1 Overall Pick in 1997 NBA Draft
— NBA Teammate of the Year (2015)
— No. 21 Retired by San Antonio Spurs
The five-time NBA champion was named USA Basketball’s Male Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsman of the Year in 2003. He played on the USA national team that earned the bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Duncan earned $242,024,800 over 19 seasons in state-income-tax-free Texas, per Spotrac. He remained on the Spurs’ payroll for three seasons after his retirement due to him opting into his player option in 2016. The team paid him out in chunks of $1.8 million.
His most lucrative year came in 2009-10 when he earned $22,183,220.
The NBA player was one of the 10 highest-paid players in the league from 2006-12.
The former professional basketball player is the youngest of four children. He has two older sisters, Cheryl and Tricia, and one older brother, Scott.
Endorsements & Other Ventures
In 2001, Duncan started the Tim Duncan Foundation, which supports creating health awareness and funds youth sports and education programs. The foundation has raised over $350,000 to support prostate and breast cancer research.
In 2013, he opened the BlackJack Speed Shop — a vehicle customization store — in San Antonio. The Tim Duncan Foundation and BlackJack Speed Shop contributed to Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017.
Tim Duncan Net Worth
Tim Duncan’s net worth in 2021 is estimated around $130 million. The two-time NBA MVP was an assistant coach for the Spurs under Gregg Popovich for the 2019-20 season.
Come playoff time, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, and the rest of the league feared seeing one of the best players in NBA history go to work on the block.
The Spurs’ franchise cornerstone more than earned his place in the Hall of Fame.
This post was originally published on June 19, 2020 before updating.