It’s not often a 16-year veteran receives All-NBA First Team honors after failing to make the club at any level just one year before, but that’s what Tim Duncan has did this season. With the recognition, the 37-year-old Big F...
It’s not often a 16-year veteran receives All-NBA First Team honors after failing to make the club at any level just one year before, but that’s what Tim Duncan has did this season. With the recognition, the 37-year-old Big Fundamental has become the second-oldest player to ever be named to the league’s top five-man roster.
Duncan, who in 2011 failed to make an All-NBA team for the first time in his career, was once again left off the list in 2012. But the big man has rebounded to an elite level this season, justifying his position among the greats once again.
As if we needed a reminder.
Duncan now joins Kobe Bryant (11), Karl Malone (11), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10), Elgin Baylor (10), Bob Cousy (10), Michael Jordan (10), Bob Pettit (10) and Jerry West (10) as the ninth player in history to make the All-NBA First Team 10 times or more.
The ever-consistent Timmy D had one of the best seasons of his career based on his numbers per 36 minutes. His 21.3 points per 36 minutes are the most he’s put up in eight years, his 11.9 rebounds are more than he’s averaged since 2007-08, and the 3.2 blocks per 36 minutes of action is the best average he’s ever recorded in a single season.
It bears repeating: at 37 years old, Duncan just recorded the best per-minute shot-blocking season of his career.
Duncan’s value to this franchise continues to be unmatched, but his long-time teammate kept the machine running this season as the tires wore down. Tony Parker had a career year himself, and he was recognized for it today. The Spurs’ All-Star point guard was named to his second consecutive All-NBA Second Team. It was the third time he’s ever been named to an All-NBA team (he was named to the third team in 2009).
Parker also notched career numbers as the head of San Antonio’s snake in 2012-13. He led the team in scoring and dishing out assists, contributing 20.3 points per game and 7.6 assists per game. Both numbers are the second-best averages of his 12-year career. What’s more, Parker was the only player in the entire league to average at least 20 points and seven assists per game while shooting at least 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent or better from the free-throw line. His 52.2 percent from the floor led all guards.
The Spurs are in the midst of their most crucial portion of the season, and just as it’s been for years now, success in San Antonio is only measured by Larry O’Brien trophies. But that certainly does not take away from everything they achieved this season. Whether it’s the 50+ wins they achieved for an NBA record 14th consecutive year, another dominant season from the greatest power forward of all time or the every-growing portfolio of a Hall-of-Fame-bound point guard, the accolades continue to pile up for one of the greatest franchises this sport has ever seen.
And here they are, on the doorstep of a fourth NBA Finals appearance with Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili as the core, and what would be the fifth visit of the Duncan era. In a decade that has seen ‘dynasties’ come and go and game-breaking superstars change teams, the Spurs have remained a constant. And not one that just coasts through the motions, they’ve been consistently excellent through the entirety of it all.
No team in the four major sports has a higher winning percentage than the Spurs since Duncan entered the league, and no player-coach combination has more total wins together in NBA history than Duncan and Gregg Popovich. If those two can somehow win a ring for the thumb, then the legacy will only continue to grow.
2012-13 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Position Player, Team (1st Team Votes) Points
Forward LeBron James, Miami (119) 595
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (102) 555