After the retirement of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant this past NBA season, another legendary and caliber player has decided to call it quits. San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan announced his retirement from the game of Basketball on Monday, after playing 19 seasons in the NBA. 

Duncan, or as many people call him "The Big Fundamental," has been a household name in the NBA for a long time.

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He is also known as a quiet guy who only spoke his mind on the court. No endorsement deals were with Duncan, but there were lots of championship rings to go with his lasting legacy. From a humble beginning to becoming a legend, Duncan has had quite a journey over his 19 year NBA career.

Duncan's roots

Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan played college ball for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, playing under coach Dave Odom, from 1993-1997.

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During his time at Wake Forest, he led the team to two ACC Championships and to the Sweet 16 two times. He also was a first team All-American in 1996 and 1997, a three time NABC Defensive Player of the Tear award recipient, a two time ACC Player of the Year, and was named National college player of the year in his senior year. 

Duncan was taken by Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft.

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Duncan was joining a team coming off a 20-62 season, mostly because star player and Center David Robinson was out for most of the season with a broken foot. Duncan made an immediate impact in his first season, averaging 21.2 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, as the Spurs finished the season with a 56-26 record, and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they fell to the Utah Jazz in five games.

His strong play also got Duncan Rookie of the Year honors. Duncan, along with Robinson, formed an incredible duo and were known as the "Twin Towers," because of their strong defensive abilities. Together, they both led the Spurs to two NBA Championships in 1999 and 2003 before Robinson retired after the second title. In both finals, Duncan came out as the MVP of the series. Afterwards, Duncan would lead the Spurs to three more titles in 2005, 2007, and 2014. 

Farewell 

During his last season with the Spurs, Duncan had the worst statistical year of his career, only averaging 8.6 points and 7.3 rebounds, while finishing with only 522 points scored.

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The Spurs, lead mostly by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and shooting guard Kwazi Leonard, made to the Western Conference Semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder where they lost in six games. During his last game of on the floor, Duncan showed some flashes of his All-Star self, scoring 19 points, securing five rebounds, and blocking one shot in a 113-99 loss. After the game, it was unclear whether or not Duncan wanted to continue playing for retire, until the announcement came recently.

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Teammates, former teammates, and NBA legends wished him well and honored him well. 

Over the course of his NBA career, Duncan was a 15 time All-Star, two time MVP, a ten time All-NBA First Team player, an eight time All-NBA Defensive First Team player, and the Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Year in 2003 while playing his whole career with the Spurs and under head coach Gregg Popovich. With such a resume full of accolades, Duncan is surely to be obvious choice for the Basketball Hall of Fame and is considered one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. 

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