We just don’t talk about Tim Duncan enough. But truth to be told, he’s one of the greatest to ever do it, an example of hard work ethics, discipline and loyalty for a franchise throughout his career.
Nobody ever disliked Tim Duncan. He may be not the flashiest or most impressive player, not even the most attractive for NBA’s style of play, but just a handful of players have been able to make a bigger impact on and off the court.
Winner of all 5 NBA Championships in San Antonio Spurs history, Tim Duncan became the franchise cornerstone in Gregg Popovich’s project and the main reason why this team was able to build such a strong dynasty for 2 decades.
15 times All-Star, 15 times All-Defensive, 15 times All-NBA, Rookie of the Year, All-Star MVP, 2 times MVP, 5 NBA Championships and 3 Finals MVP round up quite a resume for the future Hall of Famer.
Naturally, with so many accolades under his belt, you may even say he’s been way more successful than most NBA players in the history of the game. Moreover, he’s even been more successful than several franchises, and today, we’re going to let you know about the franchises Tim Duncan outplayed throughout his career, as well as the categories where the Big Fundamental beats them.
According to Redditor user, Tim Duncan is more successful than many NBA franchises.
50 win seasons
Tim Duncan won at least 50 games in every one of the seasons he played. That’s the same number of 50 win seasons in Suns history, and he has more than the Sixers, Jazz, Sonics/OKC, Bulls, Hawks, Mavs, Knicks, Blazers, Rockets, Pistons, Bucks, Warriors, Heat, Cavs, Kings, Spurs (Pre-Duncan), Magic, Nuggets, Pacers, Grizzlies, Clippers, Wizards, Timberwolves, Raptors, Hornets, Pelicans and Nets. Yup, all teams but Celtics and Lakers.
60 win seasons
Moreover, Duncan actually won 60 games or more 7 times throughout his career, that’s more than the Magic, Pacers, Blazers, Rockets, Wizards, Hawks, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Raptors, Hornets, Nets, Timberwolves, Nuggets and Clippers combined (6); and more than the Sixers, Jazz, Sonics/OKC, Bucks, Mavs, Suns, Kings, Warriors, Spurs (Pre-Duncan), Heat, Cavs, Pistons and Knicks, while being tied with the Chicago Bulls.
Naturally, by winning at least 50 games throughout his entire 19 careers, he never missed the playoffs, so he has more playoff appearances than the Magic, Clippers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Hornets, Timberwolves and Pelicans while having the same as the Brooklyn Nets.
Regular season wins
Tim Duncan is one of the biggest winners in NBA history, dominating the regular season throughout his entire tenure with 988 triumphs in 1392 appearances (71%). That’s the same than the Charlotte Hornets, but playing 856 less games. Also, he won more games than the Timberwolves, Raptors, Grizzlies and Pelicans.
Things didn’t change much for Duncan come playoff time, being a born winner, he earned 157 Ws in 251 playoff games (62%). That’s more than OKC/Sonics, Rockets, Hawks, Suns, Heat, Cavs, Pacers, Bucks, Blazers, Mavs, Wizards, Kings, and more than twice than the Nets and Nuggets, three times more than the Orlando Magic, and way more than the Clippers, Spurs (Pre-Duncan), Raptors, Grizzlies, Hornets, Pelicans and Timberwolves.
If Tim Duncan was a franchise, he’d be the 5th with most NBA Championships (5), trailing just the Celtics (17), Lakers (16), Bulls (6) and Warriors (6). Also, just the Lakers (10) and Bulls (6) have more Larry O’Brien trophies than Tim.
Furthermore, he won 12 division titles, that’s more than all franchises except for the Lakers (32), Celtics (31), Heat (13), and Bucks (13). Finally, he also has won more conference titles (in the current alignment) (6) than all franchises but the Lakers (18), Celtics (9) and Bulls (6).