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Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan was a superstar on the court, but so quiet off of it that as great as he was and as sure he will enter the Basketball Hall on his first ballot, he might be the most underrated player of all time.  We won't do that here as we will actually rank him AHEAD of the more popular Kobe Bryant, who is also a lock for the Hall on his first attempt.

Tim Duncan Retires

This is truly the end of an era for basketball fans in San Antonio.

Actually it is an end of an era period.

After 19 years in the National Basketball Association, 40 year old Tim Duncan has announced his retirement from the sport.

Drafted out of Wake Forest first overall in 1997, Duncan enter the professional ranks making an immediate impact on the sport.  Duncan was named the Rookie of the Year and would be named to the First Team All-NBA squad.  Not a bad rookie year right?  In his sophomore season, he would take San Antonio to the NBA Title and win Finals MVP in the process.

Duncan was a quiet beast who did everything right.  With the most appropriate nickname in sports, “Big Fundamental”, Duncan would have one of the most decorated careers in sport.  He would take the Spurs to three more NBA Titles, and was a two time NBA MVP (2002 & 2003).  The 15 time All-Star was also a First Team All-NBA selection 10 times and a First Team All-Defensive player eight times.  He retires with a career record of 19 Points, 10.8 Rebounds and 2.2 Blocks per Game.  This is in addition to his career PER of 24.2 and 206.4 Win Shares.

Duncan will be eligible for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021, and you can believe in two things.

1. He will be ranked #1 by us that year.

2. It will only be for one year as he is a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Thank you Tim Duncan for your class.  Thank you Tim Duncan for your skill.  Thank you for the memories.  It does not get much better than you. 

The Spurs will retire Tim Duncan's number

As you all know we are working on our Top 50 Players from each major North American Team.  This will eventually bleed into a look at how each one of them honors their respective former players/executives with retired numbers, rings of honor, franchise halls of fame etc. 

This brings us to a huge announcement from the San Antonio Spurs, who have decreed that they will be retiring the number #21 of Tim Duncan on December 18.

With all due respect to the “The Admiral”, David Robinson, Tim Duncan is the best player that the Spurs have ever had.  A nineteen year veteran (all with San Antonio), Tim Duncan brought San Antonio to five NBA Championships and would win two NBA MVPs. 

The 1997 #1 Draft Pick out of Wake Forest would make the All NBA First Team ten times and the NBA All Defensive Team eight times.  He should be a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021, his first year of eligibility.  This marks the eighth time that the Spurs have retired a number.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Tim Duncan for this latest honor and give a shout to the Spurs for doing this immediately…as it should be!

The San Antonio Spurs officially retire Manu Ginobili's #20

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 players ever of every MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA team.  Once that is done, our plan is to then look at how they honor their past players and executives by way of retired numbers, franchise halls of fame etc.  As such, it is important to us that last night the San Antonio Spurs retired the #20 of Manu Ginobili.

In what now has to be considered an absolute steal, San Antonio drafted the native of Argentina 57thoverall in 1999 and he would join the team in 2002 after starring in Europe.  Ginobili would play his entire career with the San Antonio Spurs which would span 16 seasons and 1,057 Games.  He would be chosen for the All Star Game twice (2005 & 2011) and was an All-NBA Third Team Selection twice (2008 & 2011).  The Argentine star’s selfless and unique style of play meshed perfectly with San Antonio where he was part of an elite triumvirate with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker where they would the team to four NBA Championships (2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014).  The Shooting Guard would be named the Sixth Man of the Year in 2008 and scored 14,043 Points with a career PER of 20.2.

Ginobili joins Johnny Moore (#00), Avery Johnson (#6), Bruce Bowen (#12), James Silas (#13), Tim Duncan (#21), Sean Elliott (#32), George Gervin (#44) and David Robinson (#50).

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Manu Ginobili for earning this prestigious honor.  

37. Robert Horry

If you look at the career statistics or even the season stats of Robert Horry, you would not think that he belongs on this list at all. However, the man known as “Big Shot Rob” won seven NBA Championships with three different teams, and was known for always performing in the clutch. It was not a misnomer, as constantly when the need was at its greatest, Horry was at his best.  Those seven championships were no accident and though his stats do not reflect it, this was a player, everybody wanted to have on their team.

60. Michael Finley

A very solid player throughout his career, Michael Finley was capable of brilliant flashes of offense in the open court, and a stronger commitment to defense in his later campaigns. In his prime, Finley was a two time All Star and an electric player to watch. He was a workhorse on good Dallas Maverick teams (three times he led the NBA in minutes played) and was part of the ‘Run and Gun’ that they executed so well. Like so many of these players though, he found his championship ring in a supporting role where he won with San Antonio in 2007 coming off the bench.

63. Larry Kenon

Larry Kenon is one of the least appreciated players ever.  A great big man who led Memphis to the title game in his only year there, Kenon won an ABA title with Dr. J and the Nets in his first year in the ABA.  He was a three time All-Star in the ABA but his legacy is as one of the greatest players who made the transition to the NBA.  Kenon continued his solid play with the San Antonio Spurs where he teamed with George Gervin to form one of the best scoring duos in the NBA for years.  He made two more All-Star trips in the NBA and had four consecutive seasons of twenty points a game.  Kenon was a twenty-ten guy for most of his career but was also very versatile.  How versatile?  He holds the league record for steals in a game with eleven.  Sounds like a well rounded player to us.

77. Rod Strickland

Simply put how in the heck did Rod Strickland never make an All-Star Game?  He is easily one of the best ten point guards in league history. Strickland is in the top ten for all time assists and 54th all time in games played.  14,000 points and almost 8,000 assists are pretty good career numbers.  Sure he bounced around a lot playing with a total of ten teams in his career but that just shows how malleable he was.  Strickland was a very good player who knew how to run a team and really knew how to get the ball to his teammates but never really learned how to get along that well with others and never was on a consistent winner; but he should have made at least one All-Star Game.

97. Dale Ellis

Dale Ellis was a great shooter, although we don’t think the Basketball Hall of Fame likes shooters.  His 19,000 career points and sixth position all time in three pointers easily gets him on this list.  Quite simply, he was a great shooter at Tennessee, he was a great shooter in Milwaukee and he was a great shooter in Seattle.  Oh and did we mention that he played forever?
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