Earlier this week, San Antonio Spurs forward and two-time MVP Tim Duncan, otherwise known as The Big Fundamental, announced his retirement from the NBA. Over the course of his 19-year NBA career, the former Wake Forest star and 1997 NBA Draft first overall selection averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 blocks per game. He also shot 51% from the field.
Remarkably enough, he played in a total of 1,392 games; how many of those games did he start? 1,389. Oh, not to mention, he and the Spurs won five NBA championships with Duncan bringing home Finals MVP honors three times.
- One of only three players in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games.
- One of only two players to win an NBA title in three different decades.
- One of three players to win the Wooden Award, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP and NBA All-Star Game MVP.
- One of four players to rank in the top 15 in points (14th; 26,496), rebounds (6th; 15,091), and blocks (5th; 3,020)
Altogether, he will be a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection when he is eligible in 2020. Of course, I would be remiss in not mentioning the amount of money Duncan earned throughout his playing career, in addition to his numerous contract deals.
(Spoiler Alert: Duncan truly took a hometown discount toward the end of his playing career. In effect, he was the anti-Kobe Bryant).
First and foremost, Duncan earned an estimated $236,381,050 during his professional career (not including endorsements), which ranks fourth all-time behind Kevin Garnett (~$326.36 million), Bryant (~$323.31 million), and Shaquille O’Neal (~$286.34 million).
Additionally, in 2003, he signed a 7-year, $122-million deal, which at the time was the richest contract under the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Mike Conley surpassed that this past season when he signed a 5-year, $152.6-million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. (For more on Conley’s insane deal and why it happened, check out David Webb’s first post here; he will be covering the NBA moving forward).
After making $17 million in the 2011-12 season, Duncan did not make more than $10.5 million per year for the rest of his career.
- 2012-13: $9,638,554
- 2013-14: $10,361,446
- 2014-15: $10,361,446
- 2015-16: $5,250,000
Sadly, Duncan was the victim of some bad business decisions by his then-financial advisor, losing an estimated $25 million.
Nevertheless, for the 2016-17 season, Duncan was set to make $5.6 million before he announced his retirement. Even though the Spurs waived Duncan for salary cap purposes, Duncan will still receive that compensation but will receive it over a three-year period ($1.88 million each year).
In terms of endorsements Duncan was not necessarily a hot brand commodity, but Forbes reported that that the most expensive per-year deal he landed was in 2013. As such, he received $2 million from companies such as AT&T and Adidas.