San Antonio Spurs Must Trade Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

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As far as the greats are concerned, Tim Duncan will go down as one of the greatest to play the game of basketball. He is arguably the best power forward ever to play in the NBA, depending on whom you ask. But lately, it looks like father time is catching up with the 37-year-old and it may be time for the San Antonio Spurs to part ways with the big man.

Since David Robinson passed him the torch in 1997, Duncan has been the face of the Spurs’ organization. The Rookie Of The Year in the 1997-98 season was the only Spurs’ player to start all 82 games that year. Duncan has brought three NBA championships to the city of San Antonio while claiming the MVP award in each series. His calm and cool demeanor is a great representation of the city in which he resides, and Duncan has expressed his desire to finish his career in the Alamo City.

However, numbers never lie and it is time the Spurs faced the truth.

In the last two seasons, Duncan has missed a total of 37 regular season games. His minutes have steadily gone down due to a variety of reasons such as his age and nagging injuries to his feet. Gregg Popovich has made a noticeable change in his strategy and has drawn up the offense to run through Tony Parker instead of Duncan. In the 2009-10 season, Duncan attempted 1082 field goals. In the following season, he only attempted 838 shots, with 105 fewer attempts in the season after that.

For the first time in his career, Duncan averaged single-digit rebounds for three consecutive seasons beginning in 2010. This year, Duncan is barely above the double-digit rebounding mark with 10.0 boards per game. His 15.4 points per game production is tied for an all-time career low, and his field goal attempts per game are the second-lowest they have ever been.

With the horde of injuries that the Spurs have had to endure this season, the unfortunate pressure has taken its toll on the veteran post player. The lack of pieces around Duncan has put him out of position defensively, causing him to foul out twice this season. Prior to those two games, Duncan had not fouled out in over four years.

As the trade deadline approaches, the Spurs would be smart to shop Duncan around to acquire players that could better fit the circumstances. Most teams would be willing to give up some quality players to land the “Big Fundamental” on their squad. Regardless of whatever the next move is for the organization, it is apparent that Duncan’s time is running out.

Winston Harris is a San Antonio sports writer for Follow him on twitter @winstonharris34. “Like” him on Facebook and add him on Google.

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  • richard fitzwright

    First of all, Duncan already stated he’s retiring a Spur. And he’s washed up because his stats have been lower the last three seasons? Maybe could that be because Pop plays him less than 30 min/game? Anyone who watches Duncan at all knows that stats are such a small representation of his value. All-NBA first team last season and 5 seconds away from another finals MVP – but I guess since his rebounds average is barely 10 they should toss him. Quality internet analysis strikes again. Close your laptop forever.

  • Guest

    That idiot must be supid to thik p is going to trade Tim. Pop is not crazy.


    That man must be stupid to think Pop is trading Tim, the best power forward ever. Pop s not crazy.

  • Jennifer B

    Yeah, that’s not gonna happen.

  • tony

    is he high?

  • Kevin Straker

    The guy who wrote this should have his internet access banned! I stopped reading his garbage after he said ” Duncan has brought three NBA championships to the city of San Antonio.” Duncan has brought FOUR NBA championships to the city of San Antonio NOT THREE! He was 6 seconds away last year from bringing his fifth to the Spurs. The only player in the league the Spurs would trade the 37 year old Duncan for is LeBron James and that’s not going to happen. So what does that tell you about the value of Timmy even at this late stage of his HOF career? Look since Jordan retired Duncan has been this era’s greatest winner out of all the 4 major Pro Sport organizations. Got that NBA writers, bloggers and fans? Not Kobe nor James. James might be able to say he has been the greatest winner since the Tim Duncan era but only time will tell, I wish him luck at that! Math don’t lie these are Timmy’s accomplishments from 1997 through 2012/13 season..
    Tim Duncan: Is the only Player in NBA Playoff history to have over 500 blocks. Making him the best shot blocker in NBA Playoff history!
    Tim Duncan: NBA Playoff record most defensive rebounds in a six-game series (71) San Antonio vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 2008.
    Tim Duncan: NBA Playoff record most blocks in a six-game series (32): San Antonio vs. New Jersey,2003.
    Tim Duncan: NBA Playoff record Most defensive rebounds, game, tied for 1st (20) San Antonio at Los Angeles Lakers, May 14, 2002, and San Antonio at Phoenix, April 25, 2003.
    Tim Duncan: Is only the second player in NBA Finals history to score at least 20 points and grab 14 rebounds at the age of 37. Kareem Abdul Jabbar was the other.
    Tim Duncan: Season MVP – Twice 2001-02, 2002-03.
    Tim Duncan: 4 time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
    Tim Duncan: Finals MVP – 3 times1998-99, 2002-03, 2004-05.
    Tim Duncan: All-NBA First Team – 10 times 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2012-13.
    Tim Duncan: All-NBA Second Team – 3 times 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09.
    Tim Duncan: All-NBA Third Team – Once 2009-10.
    Tim Duncan: All-Defensive First Team – 8 times 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08.
    Tim Duncan: All-Defensive Second Team – 6 times 1997-98, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10.
    Tim Duncan: 14 time NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2011, 2013)
    Tim Duncan: All-Star MVP 2000
    Tim Duncan: Rookie of the Year 1997-98. All-Rookie First Team 1997-98.
    Tim Duncan: Named NBA Player of the Decade by Sports Illustrated.
    Tim Duncan: has 146 career playoff double-doubles, second most in NBA history only Magic Johnson has more (157)
    Tim Duncan: 96th career playoff game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. That passed Wilt Chamberlain for the third-most in NBA history.
    Tim Duncan: Is the only active player to lead his team to 16 straight playoffs appearances.
    Tim Duncan: Is the only player to be part of 8 playoff series sweeps since 1997, that’s an NBA record
    Tim Duncan: Has been the centerpiece of the team that has won 50 or more games 14 years in a row, 2000-2013 that’s an NBA record.
    Tim Duncan: Has the highest winning percentage out of any player of all of the 4 major sports teams in the last 16 years
    Tim Duncan: The only player in NBA history to have a span of 13 years between his 1st & last Finals appearance with the same team
    Tim Duncan: Is only the second player in NBA history to win a championship with the same team but with a whole new roster. Bill Russel is the other.
    Tim Duncan in 16 years with the Spurs never had one blockbuster trade or big time free agent to join his team to help him like a Kobe has had.
    See, math doesn’t lie, Tim Duncan has been our generations greatest winner and the NBA’s best player.

    Duncan has brought three NBA championships to the city of San Antonio
    Duncan has brought three NBA championships to the city of San Antonio

  • Dulce Deen

    Have you lost your damn mind?? Because if you have I’ll help you find it… go ahead… pull down your pants…. because it’s got to be up your ass for even writing this POS article.