Spurs forward Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons

San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan has announced his retirement after a glittering 19-year career in the NBA.

The 40-year-old spent his entire professional career with the franchise, which selected him with the No 1 pick of the 1997 draft. Duncan came out of Wake Forest University and went on to reach the play-offs in each of his 19 seasons.

Since being drafted few players have won as many honours as Duncan, who claimed five NBA titles and was named to the All- Star team on 15 occasions, only four off the record held by Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. He won his first NBA title in 1999, just his second season in the league, and went on to add further championship rings in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

His 1,072-438 regular season record (.710) is the best over a 19-year stretch in NBA history and best in any of the four major US sports over the last 19 years. Duncan is the only player in NBA history to win 1,000 games with the same franchise and only the third to reach that career landmark.

Considered one of best big men in NBA history and perhaps the greatest power forward, Duncan finished his career with:

26,496 points, 14th on the league's all-time scoring list.

15,091 rebounds, sixth on the all-time list.

3,064 blocks, fifth on the all-time list.

1,392 games, seventh on the all-time list.

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