Five-time NBA champion, two-time MVP, 15-time All-Star – Tim Duncan leaves behind an amazing legacy on the game of Basketball.

A legend calls it a career

Duncan announced that he is retiring after 19 seasons in typical Tim Duncan fashion, with little to no fanfare. The San Antonio Spurs put out a press release Monday July 11 announcing their star's retirement. This way, "The Big Fundamental" avoided the kind of attention Kobe Bryant garnered during his farewell tour this past season.

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Duncan, who played each of his 19 seasons with the Spurs, turned 40 years old in April, so the announcement may not come as a surprise. While still capable of the performances that made him a legend across the league, the power forward played limited minutes the past few seasons.

One of the greatest power forwards

Considered by countless players, experts, and fans to be the greatest power forward of all time, the Virgin Islands native averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game over his career.

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It is certainly impossible to talk about the greatest players in NBA history without mentioning Duncan.

Social media has been flowing all day Monday with tributes to No. 21 (a jersey which will no doubt be retired by the Spurs franchise).

By the numbers

The Spurs drafted Duncan first overall in 1997 from Wake Forest.

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He won the Rookie of the Year award the 1997-1998 season. In his 19 seasons, the Spurs won five championships, playing with a 1,072-438 regular-season record. This winning percentage of 71% is not only the best 19-year stretch of any team in NBA history, according to ESPN, but is also the best in all four major American sports leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL) during the last 19 years. Duncan earned three NBA Finals MVP awards, 15 All-NBA selections, and 15 All-Defensive selections to go along with the team accolades.

When the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals, Duncan became just the second player in the league’s history to win championships in three decades. John Salley was the first, but Duncan is the first and only player to achieve that as a starter on each of the championship teams.

The Spurs will have a tough time filling the leadership void left by No. 21's departure.

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