Many people believed that the San Antonio Spurs would struggle this season with their core group of players getting relatively old, particularly Tim Duncan. The 36-year-old forward is in his 16th season in the NBA and it would seem reasonable to expect his production to dramatically drop off. That hasn’t really happened, though.
For this season, Duncan has averaged 17.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 blocks per game this season and is shooting 50.7 percent from the field. If those weren’t impressive stats by themselves, he’s also put up that kind of production while playing just 29.8 minutes per game this season.
Duncan’s stats this season are less than his career averages of 20.2 points, 11.2 rebound, 3.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. However, his stats this season are much better than they were last season when he averaged just 15.4 points, nine rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game and just shot 49.2 percent from the field.
It appears that Duncan has discovered the fountain of youth which apparently runs through the land of head coach Gregg Popovich, who has handled Duncan’s minutes and games of rest beautifully this season. Pop’s plan has increased the longevity of Duncan’s career and his performance this season. For years Duncan has been considered the best power forward in the league and that hasn’t changed this for this season.
It’s uncertain how much longer that Duncan will be in the NBA. After all, the man is 36 years old and has been playing professional basketball for almost half of his life. While he’s still playing and performing at a high level, though, fans need to appreciate what they’re watching with Duncan. He may not be the most exciting player that’s every played the game, but there’s no denying that he’s one of the greatest to ever play.