Former Spurs superstar Tim Duncan knows all about winning. From 1997-2016, he led the Spurs to unprecedented levels of prosperity, winning five NBA Championships in the process.
Interestingly enough, in the latest episode of ‘Real Ones' with Logan Murdock and Raja Bell, Duncan himself went into depth about his experience, naming one Chip in particular that he says is the most gratifying.
"I think the most fulfilling would be against Detroit. Because we had to go to a seventh game against them and that was probably the most nerve-racking moment of the Finals. It's game 7, we're down 15 at one point. And the final game, the realization that we've come this far and obviously we do it again against the Heat when we lose that one and that's also disappointing as well."
The 2005 Finals was Duncan's third appearance at that stage, and he certainly carried his weight. In the highly competitive series, he averaged 20.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game.
On the other side was a tough and gritty Pistons team with Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Rasheed Wallace.
While Duncan would go on to face other great teams (like those LeBron James super squads in Miami), that Pistons team was about as tough as it could get, especially with how close it was. It's really no surprise that it's Duncan's most gratifying victory.