What to Watch for in Tim Duncan’s 19th and (Perhaps?) Final Season

October 7th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

This thing Tim Duncan is doing, this stealth assault on aging norms and career expectations—it's going to end someday. Decline or injury will lay the San Antonio Spurs' unfathomably steady mainstay low.

Maybe it'll happen this season, his 19th NBA season.

But if you've been predicting that this year will be the year for the past decade or so, if you've been banking on the fact that everybody eventually falls off, you've been wrong every time. And even if you're right this time, would you really want to be?

Isn't it better if Duncan just keeps defying everything we know about NBA survival?

Duncan enters 2015-16 just like he's gone into every season of his all-time-great career: a legitimately dominant force and a key reason his team is a title contender.

Here's what we should expect from the 39-year-old monument of consistency.


Expect the Same Old Timmy

Though Duncan has remained productive into his late 30s, he hasn't stayed exactly the same. Playing-time reductions have cut into his counting stats, and the Spurs rarely dump the ...

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