Tim Duncan going the distance? Spurs forward 7th in NBA for all-time games played

Tim Duncan going the distance? Spurs forward 7th in NBA for all-time games played

Tim Duncan of San Antonio Spurs overtook Jason Kidd’s seventh spot on the all-time list of games played in the NBA. His appearance against Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday night was his 1,392th of his career.

Ahead of Duncan lie Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett, Karl Marlone, John Stockton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish. Parish heads the list with 1,611 games under his belt, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

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The Spurs forward is a future Hall of Famer and could retire soon considering he will turn 40 on April 25, this year. Although Duncan has not announced his retirement plans unlike Kobe Bryant, it won’t be long before the man from Christiansted, Virgin Islands decides to hang up his boots. The 6-ft-11 power forward might be looking forward to breaking into top 5 on the list if he manages to stay fit for another season.

The three-time NBA finals MVP have experienced the decline in his performance as he has averaged only 8.5 points per game this season with 7.3 rebounds. This will be the first time in Duncan’s illustrious career where he has failed to reach a double-figure average in scoring, according to ESPN. But, despite his steep decline, Spurs have clinched the No.2 seed in the Western Conference.

The 15-time All-star, two-time NBA MVP and 1997-98 NBA Rookie of the Year is one of the best frontcourt players to ever lace it up on the basketball court. The only objective that lies ahead of the man with five championship rings is whether he will be able to add the sixth before retirement.

Standing between his way and the championship is the Golden State Warriors who are on course to beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ all-time record of 72 wins in a season. San Antonio Spurs have enough talent and depth in their roster to beat any team. However, the Warriors are presently the best squad in NBA history.

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