It seems like even though time passes and players suffer performance declines near the end of their careers, Tim Duncan never gets old and he’s not affected by the years.
The veteran PF, arguably one of the best all-time players at the position, hasn’t had a very spectacular season judging by him numbers this year. However, when he steps on to the hardwood, he looks like he’s still in his prime years and the San Antonio Spurs are clearly benefiting from that.
Even though Duncan is averaging a career-low 8.8 rebounds per game together with 13.7 points per contest, he has been doing it playing a bit under 28 minutes per night. What’s more surprising, however, are some of the vintage performances he’s been putting up, and the way his level of play has increased during this month.
Through the six games the Spurs have played in December, Duncan has scored 10 points in each of them and also has four 10-plus rebounds games. His major highlight was against the Atlanta Hawks where he finished with 23 points and 21 boards after hitting a game-winning shot, something that appeared to give him a lot of confidence as one of the leaders of the team.
Tony Parker seems to be running the show for the Spurs, but Duncan’s impact in the team is undeniable. If he can keep putting up vintage performances like he has done in December, the Spurs will be just fine come playoff time.