Tim Duncan Biography

Timothy Theodore “Tim” Duncan is a professional basketball player known for his remarkable achievements in the NBA. He holds the unique distinction of being the only player in history to be selected to both All-NBA and All-Defensive Teams for 13 consecutive seasons. Currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs, Duncan’s journey to basketball stardom began in high school, where he discovered his talent and passion for the sport. Despite initially aspiring to be a swimmer like his sister, a hurricane destroyed the only swimming pool in his hometown, leading him to shift his focus to basketball. Excelling in the sport, he garnered numerous awards even before graduating from college. As the No.1 pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan’s consistent performance and leadership qualities propelled him to become one of the greatest players in NBA history. Beyond his athletic prowess, he is also renowned for his philanthropy, having established the Tim Duncan Foundation to support education, youth sports, and health issues.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Timothy Theodore Duncan, The Big Fundamental
  • Age: 47 Years, 47 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Amy Duncan (m. 2001)
    • Father: William Duncan
    • Mother: Ione Duncan
    • Siblings: Cheryl Duncan, Tricia Duncan
    • Children: Sydney Duncan
  • Basketball Players
  • American Men
  • Height: 6’11” (211 cm), 6’11” Males
  • Notable Alumni: Wake Forest University
  • More Facts
  • Education: Wake Forest University
  • Awards:
    • 1999 – 4× NBA champion
    • 2003 – 4× NBA champion
    • 2005 – 4× NBA champion
    • 2007 – 4× NBA champion
    • 1999 – 3× NBA Finals MVP
    • 2003 – 3× NBA Finals MVP
    • 2005 – 3× NBA Finals MVP
    • 2002-2003 – 2× NBA Most Valuable Player
    • 1998 – 14× NBA All-Star
    • 2000-2011 – 14× NBA All-Star
    • 2013 – 14× NBA All-Star
    • 1998-2005 – 9× All-NBA First Team
    • 2007 – 9× All-NBA First Team
    • 2006 – 3× All-NBA Second Team
    • 2008-2009 – 3× All-NBA Second Team
    • 1999-2003 – 8× All-Defensive First Team
    • 2005 – 8× All-Defensive First Team
    • 2007-2008 – 8× All-Defensive First Team
    • 1998 – 5× All-Defensive Second Team
    • 2004 – 5× All-Defensive Second Team
    • 2006 – 5× All-Defensive Second Team
    • 2009-2010 – 5× All-Defensive Second Team
    • 1998 – NBA Rookie of the Year
    • 1998 – NBA All-Rookie First Team
    • 2000 – NBA All-Star Game MVP
    • 2008 – Haier Shooting Stars champion
    • 1997 – USBWA College Player of the Year
    • 1997 – Naismith College Player of the Year
    • 1997 – John Wooden Award
    • 1997 – Adolph Rupp Trophy
    • 1997 – Sporting News Player of the Year
    • 1996-1997 – 2x Consensus NCAA All-American First Team
    • 1997 – NABC Player of the Year
    • 1996-1997 – 2× ACC Player of the Year
    • 1995-1997 – 3x NABC Defensive Player of the Year

Childhood & Early Life

Tim Duncan was born to William Duncan, a mason, and his wife Ione, a midwife. He was the only son and had two sisters. His sister Tricia was an Olympic-level swimmer and Tim also aspired to be one. He became an excellent swimmer with the support of his parents and aimed to make it to the 1992 Olympic Games. However, his dreams were shattered when Hurricane Hugo destroyed his hometown’s only Olympic-sized swimming pool in 1989. Tragedy struck again when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away before his 14th birthday. As a result, he never swam competitively again. To distract himself, he started playing basketball in high school.


Despite initially struggling, Duncan’s talent in basketball was recognized by Dave Odom, the basketball coach at Wake Forest University. Duncan enrolled at the university in 1993 and earned a degree in psychology. He joined Odom’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons and, along with his teammate Randolph Childress, led the team to a 20-11 win-loss record in the 1993-94 NCAA season. Duncan’s performance made him one of the most eligible NBA prospects in the 1994-95 NCAA season.

The San Antonio Spurs drafted Duncan in the 1997 NBA Draft. He had a strong start to his career and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season. He continued to excel, winning the Defensive Player of the Year award and leading the Spurs to the playoffs multiple times. Duncan’s best season came in 2001-02 when he averaged 25.5 points per game and led the league in field goals. He also took on the responsibility of leading the team after the retirement of the Spurs’ captain David Robinson in the 2003-04 season.

Duncan’s success continued throughout his career, with numerous accolades and achievements. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also recognized as one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history for his versatility and consistent performance. Duncan regularly ranked among the top scorers, rebounders, and shot-blockers in the league, and was regarded as one of the best interior defenders.

Awards & Achievements

Tim Duncan’s achievements include being listed among the “100 Greatest Professional Basketball Players of The 20th Century” by the Association for Professional Basketball Research. He was also honored with the Virgin Islands Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the Virgin Islands territorial government, for his success and low-key personality.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2001, Duncan married Amy and they had two children together. However, the couple divorced in 2013.

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