74 Reasons to Get Excited for the 74th NBA Season: Reason 40

Reason 40: Tim Duncan’s climb on all-time rebounds list

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Tim Duncan has occupied the forward position for 15 years in the League. While acclimating the use of the soft bank shot off the backboard from nearly every angle, Duncan has been a stellar professional and player over the years, and many believe he’ll be one of the best, if not the best, forward of all-time when all is said and done. He hasn’t taken the court in anything but a Spurs jersey, and has been a true-class individual since being drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. He has accumulated averages of 20.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per game over his career. He’s been named an All-Star 13 times, including every year since the 2000 season. He’s also a four-time NBA champ, former Rookie of the Year and a two-time NBA MVP. To get into his place on the all-time rebounds list, Duncan is currently slotted at the No. 21 spot with 12,013 boards. He’s one of four active players in the top 50 of that list [Kevin Garnett (No. 16), Ben Wallace (No.33) and Marcus Camby (No. 45)], and he has a chance to move up tremendously. Yes the NBA season is already shortened, but Duncan is just 533 boards behind the beloved Charles Barkley [No. 17; 12,546]. If any games are to be played this season, Duncan will undoubtedly move up, assuming he remains healthy. He still has some game left in the tank, as well, so there’s no telling where this Hall-of-Famer will end up.

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