Greatest NBA Finals performance no one talks about

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Tim Duncan wins his 2nd of five NBA championship rings in 2003.
Tim Duncan wins his 2nd of five NBA championship rings in 2003.
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Tim Duncan won his 2nd of five championship rings in 2003. In the series clincher, his stat line read 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 blocks. He actually had recorded a quadruple double. The proof is in the video from game 6 of the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets.

The greatest power forward of all-time

Tim Duncan's five rings lead the resume for the greatest power forward of all-time.

Tim Duncan is the greatest power forward in NBA history bar none. From his smoothness in the post to his defense, the St. Croix native is a two-time NBA MVP and a 3-time NBA Finals MVP.

He has been selected 15 times as an NBA All-Star, All-NBA selection and to the All-Defensive team. Out of those All-NBA teams, he was named All-NBA First Team ten-times and he’s an eight-time All-Defensive 1st Team too.

TIM DUNCAN IS THE ONLY NBA PLAYER TO BE SELECTED TO THE ALL-NBA AND ALL-DEFENSE TEAMS FOR 13 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS.

He was NBA Rookie-of-the-Year in 1997 and won the All-Star Game MVP in 2000. Timmy was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall-of-Fame in 2021.

Pre-NBA

Tim Duncan was born and raised in Saint Croix, U.S Virgin Islands. He was a swimmer that had dreams of competing at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona but when Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989, it destroyed the only Olympic-sized swimming pool on the island, dashing Duncan’s early dreams.

His sister Tricia competed at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul as a swimmer and his other sister, Cheryl was a champion swimmer as well.

Wake Forest

Before Tim Duncan was winning rings in the NBA, he starred at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Tim Duncan would have his number 21 jersey retired after his career at Wake Forest ended. It wasn’t very clear for then coach, Dave Odom what he really had in “The Big Fundamental” when he first showed up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as a freshman in 1993.

In his first NCAA game, Timmy didn’t score a single point but by the end of his sophomore season of 1994-95, many considered him the best collegiate prospect in the entire country.

Before Tim Duncan’s rings, he stayed at Wake Forest for four years, three of which he would’ve been the NBA’s top overall draft pick if he had left school early.

Then Lakers General Manager Jerry West would have definitely taken Duncan first overall after his sophomore season, he said as much.

“T.D” finished his career in Winston-Salem as

  • 3x First-Team All-ACC (1995-97)
  • 3x NABC Defensive Player of the Year (1995-97)
  • NCAA rebounding leader (1997)
  • 2x Consensus First-Team All-American (1996, 1997)
  • Consensus National College Player of the Year (1997)
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Tim Duncan Rings

Tim Duncan has won five NBA championship rings in his six NBA Finals appearances. Winning his first four Finals trips in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. He won NBA Finals MVP in his first three Finals appearances (1999, 2003, 2005).

Tim Duncan became the backbone of Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs from day one when he was drafted with the first overall selection in the 1997 NBA Draft.

It only took until his 2nd season in the NBA for Tim Duncan to start winning rings and becoming known as one of the most talented and skilled power forwards in NBA history.

The Spurs defeated the New York Knicks in five games in the 1999 NBA Finals

The Finest Moment

in 2003, Tim Duncan captured the 2nd of his five rings.

Tim Duncan was going for his second ring entering the 2002-03 season. It had been four years since “The Big Fundamental” had led the San Antonio Spurs to the 1999 NBA championship.

In 2003, you were seeing the best power forward to ever play the game at the pinnacle of his greatness. Duncan was the current NBA MVP, winning the award in back-to-back seasons. (2002-2003)

From his rookie season until 2004-05, Tim finished in the top five in MVP voting each and every season. Winning the MVP or being the runner-up, four straight seasons from 2001-to-2004.

Kobe-Shaq

Tim Duncan being defended by Shaquille O'Neal.

The Los Angeles Lakers were back in the playoffs and looking for a fourth straight NBA championship in the spring of 2003. Kobe Bryant & Shaquille O’Neal’s Lakers had eliminated the Spurs in both 2001 & 2002. San Antonio only managed one victory against these Lakers in the playoffs in those seasons.

Duncan’s Spurs got swept in 2001 and lost 4-games-to-1 in 2002. When these two Western Conference powers met for the third straight year in the 2003 playoffs, “The Big Fundamental” would get his revenge, forcing Los Angeles to abdicate its crown.

Duncan averaged 28.0 points-per-game, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 blocks in the six game Western Conference Semi-Finals victory.

2003 NBA Finals

Tim Duncan won his 2nd of five championship rings in 2003.

Tim Duncan’s quest for rings continued in 2003 as the Spurs faced off with the repeat Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets.

The Spurs took a 3-2 series lead and then in game 6, Tim Duncan put on one of the greatest single game NBA Finals clinching performances of all-time. His line ran up looked like 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 blocks.

Tim Duncan came close to registering a quadruple double or was his triple double actually a quadruple double?

Quadruple Double

In 2003, Tim Duncan picked up the 2nd of his five NBA championship rings with a triple double that was just two blocks short of a quadruple double.

When I set out to write this I didn’t know that Timmy actually had a quadruple double but after reviewing the footage I now agree that he was robbed. There were two blocks he didn’t receive credit for and undoubtedly should have.

This would’ve given him ten in this championship clinching game.

JUDGE WITH YOUR OWN EYES.

the mistakes

The two mistakes on calls came within a couple minutes of each other, the first was with 6:43 remaining in the 3rd quarter, a Kerry Kittles layup that was ruled as a deflection. With closer inspection, it’s obvious Kittles was shooting and was denied on his attempt by Duncan at the basket.

The second missed block was actually a recorded block, credit was just given to the wrong player. David Robinson was given credit for a block on Kenyon Martin but it can quickly be identified that Tim Duncan had his hand on top of the ball before “the Admiral” did.

Duncan’s official stat line is legendary but the quadruple double that he should’ve had, would’ve been next level special. Regardless this legendary player had a historic career and even though this is only one game, it’s maybe his finest ever, given what was at stake.

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