Timothy Theodore Duncan is a former American basketball player and coach. He was born on April 25, 1976 in Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands. One of the greatest NBA players of all time was also nicknamed ‘Timmy’ and ‘the Big Fundamental’. He was considered one of the greatest power forwards and played for the only NBA team San Antonio Spurs. His career spanned 19 years (1997-2016). Later, he joined the same team as an assistant coach from 2019 to 2020.
The 5-time NBA champion was also a 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 15-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player. After playing high school and college basketball, Tim entered the NBA league in 1997 when the Spurs chose him in the 1997 NBA draft. Tim Duncan is the only player to be selected in the All-Defensive team and All-NBA team for 13 seasons consecutively. He founded the “Tim Duncan Foundation” to raise funds to support health awareness and youth sports programs.
Tim Duncan Early Life
Tim Duncan was born and raised in a Christian family based in Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands. His father (William Duncan) was a bricklayer (mason) and his mother (Ione Duncan) was a professional midwife. Tim belongs to the Black ethnicity. He was the youngest child of his parents with two older sisters and a brother. During his school days, Tim Duncan had a dream of becoming an Olympic-level swimmer like his older sister. His parents also showed a supportive approach toward his dream and helped him excel at swimming. Tim became a standout in the 50, 100, and 400 meters freestyle.
Unfortunately, his dream of becoming a professional swimmer vanished in 1989. Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island’s only swimming pool with professional facilities. He didn’t swim in the ocean due to his fear of sharks and gradually lost all enthusiasm for the sport. Meanwhile, Duncan also experienced another blow of emotions when his mother died of breast cancer. Later, his older brother Scott inspired him to choose basketball as a professional career due to his incredible height. Initially, Tim Duncan witnessed difficulties while adapting to the game but later overcame all that.
Tim Duncan NBA Journey
Tim Duncan’s NBA journey began in 1997 when San Antonio Spurs drafted him in the 1997 NBA draft. His popularity started witnessing a rise during his early years in the NBA. Duncan and Robinson together popularly known as the ‘Twin Towers’ and worked exceptionally well near the basket. Tim averaged 23.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game in the 1999-2000 season. He averaged 22.2 points and 12.2 rebounds each game in the subsequent year. Also, he was named to the All-NBA and All-Defensive First Teams.
In the 2002-03 season, the Spurs started playing at the SBC Center on November 1. Tim posted 22 points and 15 rebounds for his team. In the Western Conference Semifinals against the Lakers, Tim finished Game 6 with 37 points and 16 rebounds. The Spurs reached the finals and registered a victory against the New Jersey Nets to win its second NBA championship.
In July 2003, Tim Duncan signed a 7-year deal (US$122 million) with the Spurs. Duncan averaged 20 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in the 2005-06 regular season and helped his team to win another NBA title. Tim was also selected as a Western Conference starter for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. Duncan became the oldest player to record a 20-20 game (23 points and 21 rebounds) in NBA history in December 2013.
Tim Duncan attained the milestone of 25000th point on November 14, 2014 in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. On July 11, 2016, Tim Duncan announced his retirement after playing 19 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs.
Tim Duncan Education
Tim Duncan attended St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School in Saint Croix. He showed good skills in school-level competitions and averaged 25 points per game as a senior. Hence, Tim was successful in attracting several universities. He joined Wake Forest University in 1993. During his sophomore year in the 1994-95 NCAA season, Tim became one of the best prospects to be selected for the NBA. In the 1996-97 season, Loren Woods and Demon Deacon eased the pressure on Duncan close to the basket. He scored 26 points and 14 rebounds in a game against Duke on January 12, 1997. Tim Duncan also co-authored a chapter in a social psychology book during his college.
Tim Duncan Championship
Tim Duncan is one of the most successful and well-respected players in NBA history. He became an NBA champion five times throughout his entire 19-year career. In the 1998-99 NBA season, Tim Duncan led his team to victory in the Finals against the New York Knicks. It was also the first-ever championship for the Spurs. Secondly, Tim’s team beat the New Jersey Nets in the 2002-03 season’s Finals. After that, Duncan became an NBA champion in 2005, 2007 and 2014, respectively.
Tim Duncan Awards and Achievements
|NBA champion||1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014|
|NBA Finals MVP||1999, 2003, 2005|
|NBA Most Valuable Player||2002, 2003|
|NBA All-Star||1998, 2000-2011, 2013, 2015|
|NBA All-Star Game co-MVP||2000|
|All-NBA First Team||1998-2005, 2007, 2013|
|All-NBA Second Team||2006, 2008, 2009|
|All-NBA Third Team||2010, 2015|
|NBA All-Defensive First Team||1999-2003, 2005, 2007, 2008|
|NBA All-Defensive Second Team||1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015|
|NBA Rookie of the Year||1998|
|NBA All-Rookie First Team||1998|
|NBA Teammate of the Year||2015|
|USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year||2003|
|NBA 75th Anniversary Team||-|
Tim Duncan Net Worth
Tim Duncan’s net worth is estimated to be around USD 155 million, according to the caknowlege website. His earnings came from his professional NBA career, brand endorsements and other sources. One of the famous basketball players Duncan earned more than USD 200 million from his career alone. He amassed incredible wealth from endorsements as well. Tim’s net worth was approximately US$110 million in 2018, which rose to US$135 million in 2021 and US$155 million in 2023.
Tim Duncan Contract
Tim Duncan signed multi-year contracts several times with his sole NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan joined the team in 1997 to commence his journey in the National Basketball Association. He signed a seven-year agreement with the Spurs worth USD 122 million in July 2003. He also exercised his USD 10.3 million player option in June 2014 for the 2014-15 season. Later, in June 2016, Tim came under a USD 5.6 million contract for the 2016-17 season.
Tim Duncan Family
Timothy Theodore Duncan was born in a Christian family. He belongs to the Black ethnicity. Tim is the youngest child in the family with three siblings, including two sisters (Cheryl Duncan and Tricia Duncan) and a brother (Scott Duncan).
Tim Duncan tied the knot with Amy Sherill in July 2001. They divorced in 2013 after having a daughter (Sydney) and a son (Draven). After that, Tim Duncan came into contact with Vanessa Macias and the couple have been dating since 2013. Together, they share a baby girl named Quill Duncan.
Tim Duncan Girlfriend
Vanessa Macias is the girlfriend of the former NBA player Tim Duncan. They have been in the relationship since 2013 after Tim’s separation from his ex-wife Amy. It is now about 10 years since their collaboration and the couple is looking forward to a promising future together. Tim and Vanessa are yet to marry. Together, the couple has a daughter named Quill Duncan who was born in 2017.
Tim Duncan Dad
William Duncan was the father of Tim Duncan. By profession, he was a mason (bricklayer). There isn't much information available over the web about his father. William, along with his wife Ione, supported Tim in all manners to become a professional swimmer. But fate carried something else for Tim.
Tim Duncan Shoe
Tim Duncan used footwear from Adidas and Nike throughout his 19-year-long career. He was spotted wearing Nike models during his early career, including Foamposite Pro and Air Max Uptempo 3.0. Nike Total Air Foamposite Max is one of the most memorable shoes he wore during his contract with Nike. He wore Zoom Air (white & black) during his first NBA championship victory.