Tim Duncan can win NBA Finals MVP 14 years after his first
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs has a chance to win the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award 14 years after his first Finals MVP and join Kareem Abdul-Jabar as the only players to accomplish this unworldly feat.
According to basketball-reference.com, Kareem won his first Finals MVP in 1971 and his last one in 1985. Tim Duncan won his first of three Finals MVPs in 1999, and with the sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies complete, Duncan is one step closer to winning another Finals MVP in 2013.
To win Finals MVP 14 years apart, a player has to hold off father time and sustain an incredibly high level of play for over a decade. Not an easy feat. Duncan has 16 years of wear and tear on his body, banging down low for close to two decades.
Duncan is averaging 17.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in the 2013 postseason and posted a vintage 24 point, 10 rebound performance in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, according to NBA.com.
Though Duncan seems to have plenty left in the tank, he may decide to ride of into sunset and into retirement if the Spurs win the championship. If Duncan does decide to retire, it would be the end of one of the greatest careers in NBA history, and the end of the career of perhaps the greatest basketball player of this generation.
This would be Duncan’s fourth Finals MVP.