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Tim Duncan's Stats For Each Season: The Greatest Power Forward In NBA History

Tim Duncan's Stats For Each Season: The Greatest Power Forward In NBA History

For someone that wanted to be a swimmer, Tim Duncan turned into a pretty solid basketball player. Duncan didn’t start playing basketball until he was a freshman and that was only because a hurricane destroyed the only available Olympic-sized pool in his homeland. That forced Duncan to decide on his career, which led to him playing basketball.

Duncan transformed into a College Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, MVP, Finals MVP, and the all-time greatest San Antonio Spur ever. Five championships later, he owns a decorated Hall of Fame resume. On and off the court, Duncan was one of the best. His numbers helped prove that on the court.

Here are Duncan’s stats for each season.


1997-98 NBA Season

Stats: 21.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team, Rookie Of The Year, All-Rookie First Team

Duncan was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. With David Robinson, the two formed the “Twin Towers.” The Spurs won 62 games thanks to having two players play exceptional defense on top of their normal nights of averaging a double-double. In his first season, Duncan was selected to be an All-Star.

Throughout the season, he displayed strong rebounding against studs, Dennis Rodman and Charles Barkley. Duncan played in all 82 games and was named Rookie of the Year. The Spurs made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed. The team eventually lost to the Jazz in the second round.


1998-99 NBA Season

Stats: 21.7 PPG, 11.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion, Finals MVP, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

During the lockout season, the Spurs stumbled out to just six wins in their first 14 games. With that said, the Spurs rebounded with a 31-5 run to make the playoffs. Duncan averaged 2.5 blocks to help him land a spot on the All-Defensive First Team. In his second season, he helped the Spurs make a run to the NBA Finals.

The Spurs lost one game on their way to the Finals. That was to the Timberwolves in the first round. Then, the Spurs swept the Lakers and Trail Blazers. In the Finals, the Spurs defeated the No. 8 seed New York Knicks 4-1. Duncan was selected Finals MVP, which included scoring 31 points and nine rebounds in the final game of the series.


1999-00 NBA Season

Stats: 23.2 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.3 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

Duncan continued to surge forward as one of the best players in the league. He was named All-NBA and All-Defensive First Team once again. Duncan also won his first and only All-Star Game MVP, where he scored 24 points and 14 rebounds.

The Spurs had a disappointing playoff appearance. Duncan injured his meniscus, which kept him out of the playoffs. He did not appear in a game and the Spurs were eliminated in the first round to the Suns in four games.


2000-01 NBA Season

Stats: 22.2 PPG, 12.2 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.3 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

Duncan nearly left the Spurs to join the Orlando Magic but decided to stay with San Antonio. The Spurs were an elite team, winning 23 of their final 29 games to win 58 games. It was the best record in the NBA, as well as their 33-8 record at home. Duncan was named to the All-NBA First Team, while teammate David Robinson was named to the All-NBA Third Team.

Duncan was the runner-up in the MVP voting and finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year race. The Spurs defeated the Timberwolves in the first round and then beat the Mavericks to make the Conference Finals. There, the Spurs were swept in four games by the defending NBA champion Lakers.


2001-02 NBA Season

Stats: 25.5 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: MVP Award, All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

After two disappointing playoff exits, Duncan improved to one of his best seasons statistically. It was his highest-scoring season where he led the league in made field goals with 765. He also led the league with 560 attempted free throws. He also averaged career highs in assists and steals. For his efforts, he was awarded the MVP Award.

Duncan joined Robinson as the only two Spurs to win the MVP. With both players still on the team, the Spurs looked to make a deep playoff run. However, Robinson was not the same player he once was with age. With Shaquille O’Neal playing in his prime, the Lakers eliminated the Spurs 4-1. That came in Game 5 despite a 25-rebound performance from Duncan.


2002-03 NBA Season

Stats: 23.3 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 3.9 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.9 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion, Finals MVP, MVP Award, All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

Duncan repeated his superb season by averaging another career-high in blocks. He received All-NBA First Team and Defensive First Team for another year but also repeated as the league MVP. At 37 years old, Robinson was playing in his final season, which meant that this was truly Duncan’s team. Robinson’s playing time was cut during the season to save him for the postseason.

The Spurs won 60 games and were the No. 1 seed. The team met the Lakers in the second round. Duncan helped eliminate the Lakers in Game 6 with 37 points and 16 rebounds. In the Finals, the Spurs defeated the New Jersey Nets in six games. Duncan nearly scored a quadruple-double in the final game and was named Finals MVP.


2003-04 NBA Season

Stats: 22.3 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.7 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive Second Team

After the season, Duncan signed a seven-year, $123 million contract to remain with the Spurs. With Robinson gone, Duncan embraced the role of the leader of the team. Duncan was reluctant at first, but he helped the Spurs make the second round of the playoffs.

The Spurs were tied with the Lakers 2-2 in the series. If not for a game-winning buzzer-beater with 0.4 seconds to give the Lakers a win, the Spurs might have made it back to the Finals. Instead, the team was eliminated in six games.


2004-05 NBA Season

Stats: 20.3 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.6 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion, Finals MVP, All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

After a tough way to leave the playoffs, the Spurs returned to the NBA Finals. Duncan took a slide in his statistics, but the Spurs won 59 games. Duncan remained an All-Star and made All-NBA and All-Defensive First Team. The Spurs qualified for the playoffs, where they made a run to the championship.

The Spurs eliminated the Nuggets in the first round in five games. Then, Duncan led the Spurs to two wins after the series was tied 2-2 to the SuperSonics. In the Conference Finals, the Spurs beat the Suns in five games. Pitted against Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace, Duncan went toe-to-toe as the Spurs battled the Pistons to seven games. In Game 7, Duncan scored 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team to the title.


2005-06 NBA Season

Stats: 18.6 PPG, 11.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 2.0 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-Defensive Second Team

Duncan averaged less than 20 points because he suffered from plantar fasciitis for most of the season. It was also his first time not making All-NBA First Team in eight seasons. With that said, Duncan managed to average a double-double and at least 2.0 blocks per game. The Spurs made the playoffs, where they were pitted against Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.

Duncan outscored Nowitzki in the series, but the Mavericks pulled out the victory in the series. The series stretched to seven games. In Game 7, Duncan scored 39 points in regulation but shot 1 of 7 from the field in overtime as the Spurs lost the game.


2006-07 NBA Season

Stats: 20.0 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 2.4 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion, All-Star, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team

After a year away from the Finals, the Spurs made their way back. Duncan made his ninth All-Star appearance after averaging a typical Duncan-like season. With Duncan playing like his old self, the Spurs marched to the Finals.

It started with a 4-1 win over the Nuggets in the first round. Then, the team defeated the Suns in six games and the Jazz in five games. That set up a meeting with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. The Spurs were too good for the young Cavs, sweeping James in four games. Duncan was one vote off from winning Finals MVP.


2007-08 NBA Season

Stats: 19.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 2.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.9 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-Defensive First Team

Duncan led the Spurs to 56 wins in a near 20/10 season. The only teams that won more games than the Spurs were the Lakers and New Orleans Hornets. He played in 78 games for the season and came up just short of another season of averaging at least two blocks per game.

The Spurs were pitted against the Suns in the first round, a team San Antonio had defeated in the playoffs in three of the last four games. The Suns had brought in Shaquille O’Neal at the trade deadline. In the first game, Duncan scored 40 points and never looked back, eliminating the Suns in five games. In the second round, the Spurs defeated Chris Paul and the Hornets in six games. However, the Spurs lost to the Lakers in five games in the Conference Finals.


2008-09 NBA Season

Stats: 19.3 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.5 SPG, 1.7 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Second Team, All-Defensive Second Team

Duncan once again nearly averaged a 20/10 season. His performance declined midway through the year because he developed chronic knee tendinosis. With other players stepping up, the Spurs qualified for the playoffs as the No. 3 seed.

The Spurs were not primed for a deep playoff run. The supporting cast was all in their late 30s. Paired with Duncan’s pain, the Spurs were eliminated by the Mavericks in the first round. It was their first playoff exit in the first round since 2000.


2009-10 NBA Season

Stats: 17.9 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, All-Defensive Second Team

The Spurs made an abundance of moves in the offseason, which included five new players. After a 5-6 start to the season, the Spurs improved steadily. For Duncan’s efforts, he was named Conference Player of the Week. Even at the age of 34 years old, he pushed for a 20/10 season and was named an All-Star starter.

The Spurs won 50 games and made the playoffs as the No. 7 seed. The Spurs upset the Mavericks in the first round to get revenge for the previous season. In the second round, the Suns got their revenge by sweeping the Spurs in four games.


2010-11 NBA Season

Stats: 13.4 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.9 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star

As Duncan entered his mid-30s, it seemed as if his All-NBA days were done, but he continued to play like a topman in the middle. Duncan surpassed Robinson on the career points list. He also became the 94th player in NBA history to play 1,000 games. In those games, the Spurs compiled a 707-293 record.

The Spurs started the season 29-4, which was one of the best starts in NBA history. The Spurs earned the No. 1 seed despite a career-low in points and rebounds. The playoff run was cut short though. The Spurs were upset in the playoffs by the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies.


2011-12 NBA Season

Stats: 15.4 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Awards And Achievement: None

For the first time in his career, Duncan was not named to an award list such as All-Star, All-NBA, or All-Defensive Team. With that said, Duncan relied on Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for offense, while he remained a top defensive player. The Spurs tied the Chicago Bulls for the best record in the league at 50-16. Not to mention, the trio entered the playoffs fully rested and healthy.

The Spurs swept the Jazz and Clippers with eight straight wins to make the Conference Finals. Duncan set the record for most career blocks in the playoffs, a record formerly held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With that said, the young OKC Thunder, led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, defeated the Spurs to make the NBA Finals.


2012-13 NBA Season

Stats: 17.8 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.7 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-Defensive Second Team

The Spurs made up for their exit in the Conference Finals by making it back to the NBA Finals for the first time in six years. With Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, and Kawhi Leonard developing into a solid supporting cast, the big three did their parts. That was including Duncan, who made his way back to an All-Defensive team recognition.

Duncan helped the Spurs win 58 games and return to the All-Star Game. He finished the recursion with 23,785 points, which broke George Gervin’s record for most points in franchise history. In the playoffs, the Spurs defeated the Lakers, Warriors, and Grizzlies to make the Finals. He became the first player in league history to record his 500th career block in the playoffs. The team nearly defeated the Heat, but a Ray Allen three-pointer saved the team in Game 6 to force a Game 7, where the Spurs were unable to win.


2013-14 NBA Season

Stats: 15.1 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.9 BPG

Awards And Achievement: NBA Champion

During the regular season, Duncan became the oldest player in league history to record a 20-20 game with 23 points and 21 rebounds against the Hawks. The Spurs won a league-best 62 games. Duncan didn’t seem to let age bother him as he nearly averaged a double-double for the regular season.

In the playoffs, the Spurs avoided a first-round upset to the Mavericks but prevailed in seven games. The Spurs then beat the Trail Blazers in five games to set up a rematch with the Thunder. There, the Spurs won Game 6 in overtime to close out OKC. The Spurs won the Finals rematch in five games. The trio of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili set a record for the most wins in NBA history. He also joined John Salley to win a championship in three different decades.


2014-15 NBA Season

Stats: 13.9 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.8 SPG, 2.0 BPG

Awards And Achievement: All-Star, All-NBA Third Team, All-Defensive Second Team

In the offseason, Duncan exercised his option to remain with the Spurs. He recorded his 25,000th career point, becoming the 19th player in NBA history to accomplish that feat. He passed Alex English, Moses Malone, and Kevin Garnett on the scoring list, Nate Thurmond on the rebounding list, and Patrick Ewing in career blocks along the way.

Duncan made his way back to the awards list by making All-NBA Third Team and All-Defensive Second Team. The Spurs were defeated by the Clippers in the first round in seven games. That would lead to his final season with Duncan in the NBA.


2015-16 NBA Season

Stats: 8.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.3 BPG

Awards And Achievement: None

Duncan averaged career lows in points and rebounds, but he recorded an NBA record 954th victory with one team during the season. Duncan moved past multiple Hall of Famer players during the season. That included moving past his former teammate in Robinson in blocks. He also became the sixth player in league history to record 15,000 career rebounds.

The Spurs won 44 straight games at home during the season and Duncan eventually won his 1,000th career win with the Spurs. The Spurs won the No. 2 seed with a franchise-best in wins. Duncan was unable to go off into the sunset with a championship as the Thunder defeated the Spurs in the second round.


Career Stats

Stats: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.2 BPG

Awards And Achievement: 5x NBA Champion, 3x Finals MVP, 2x MVP Award, 15x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 10x All-NBA First Team, 3x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 8x All-Defensive First Team, 7x All-Defensive Second Team, Rookie Of The Year, All-Rookie First Team

Duncan could play forward or center and was a double-double machine. While scoring 20/10 was a normal night for Duncan, he was best regarded as the best interior defensive player ever. He was consistently ranked among the league leaders in points, rebounds, and blocked shots each season. At the time of his retirement, he was the leader among all active players in double-doubles.

His only weakness was free-throw shooting, where he hovered around 70%. Outside of that, he was very efficient, which included raising his averages in the playoffs. Duncan was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2020 and is regarded as one of the top 100 basketball players of all time. 

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