Despite already being one of the National Basketball Association’s “old guards,” Tim Duncan continues to impress and reach new heights.
San Antonio big man Tim Duncan added another entry to his mile-long professional basketball resume after listing his 954th win, versus the New York Knicks last Monday, the most ever by any player with one team in league history, this according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Drafted No. 1 overall by the Spurs in 1997, Duncan is already in his 19th season with San Antonio. He has never played in less than 66 games in a season, nor won less than 50 games in a year (excluding the shortened 1999 and 2012 seasons due to the lockout).
Duncan has now overtaken Utah Jazz legend and Hall of Famer John Stockton for the record, according to the NBA’s official Twitter account. Karl Malone, Stockton’s former teammate, is third on the all-time list with 919 victories, per San Antonio’s official Twitter page.
The now 39-year-old Duncan is a surefire first-ballot name in the Hall of Fame for leading the Spurs to the NBA title five times. He also has 15 All Star appearances to his name along with being adjudged Most Valuable Player three times.
This is the second wins record Duncan has posted so far this season. Last Sunday, he, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili have won their 541st game as teammates to move past Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish en route to being the all-time trio with the most wins in the history of the NBA.
After losing its season-opener versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio has racked up three straight victories since with Duncan at the helm. The Spurs are ranked behind the Cleveland Cavaliers as heavy favorites for the Larry O’Brien trophy in a pre-season survey conducted among general managers posted on NBA.com.