40-year old PF/C Tim Duncan has picked up his player option for the 2016-17 season. He will play for $5,643,750 dollars if he doesn’t decide to retire instead of playing. Duncan played in 61 games (60 starts) for the Spurs last year and he averaged 25.2 minutes, 8.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He also played in 10 games (all starts) in the post-season for the Spurs last year in which he averaged 21.8 minutes, 5.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.
Duncan has now played in 1,392 games (1,389 starts) in his first 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs and he is averaging 34.0 minutes, 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocked shots per game. Duncan has also played in 251 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Spurs in which he is averaging 37.3 minutes, 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 blocked shots per game. Duncan is the Spurs’ all-time leader in games played (1,392), offensive rebounds (3,859), defensive rebounds (11,232), total rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020) and points scored (26,496) in Spurs’ history! He is also #3 in assists (4,225) and #5 in steals (1,025) in Spurs’ history!
Tim Duncan is a shell of his former self, but he has helped the Spurs will 5 Championships. I hope he plays one more year for the Spurs and tries to win a 6th ring instead of retiring.
UPDATE: (7/11/2016) – Tim Duncan has decided to retire from the NBA. He is the best player in San Antonio Spurs’ history and he played his whole career with them…..which isn’t going to happen very much in the future in the NBA.