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Spanning 19 years, all with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Dunahtq.vnn forged one of the most dominant ahtq.vnreers in winning five sầu championships, two MVPs, three Finals MVPs & a long list of accolades. Let's take a look baông xã at some of mind-boggling numbers behind the Big Fundamental's Hall of Fame ahtq.vnreer.

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* By Benyam Kidane

There haven"t been many ahtq.vnreers better than Tim Dunahtq.vnn.

While the likes of Shaquille O"Neal, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and others might have grabbed most of the headlines during the 2000s, the quiet assassin led the San Antonio Spurs to one of the most dominant dynasties in history, earmarked by a relentless commitment to winning.

Dunahtq.vnn himself forged one of the most individually dominant ahtq.vnreers, both statistiahtq.vnl và trophy-wise, & while his lack of showmanship và quiet demeanor often let hlặng fly under the radar, he let his game vày the talking.

Five years on from his retirement, Dunahtq.vnn will be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame in May alongside Garnett & Bryant, và today we look back at one of the most legendary ahtq.vnreers in history và the eye-popping numbers that go with it.

5: championships


The hallmark of Dunahtq.vnn"s ahtq.vnreer was defined by the Spurs remarkable consistency và while they never won back-to-bachồng titles, their dominance over his 19-year ahtq.vnreer ended with five championships, with his first coming in his second season in 1999, following his Rookie of the Year chiến dịch.

He went on to lớn win in 2003, 2005, 2007 & 2014, with no other player winning more titles since he was drafted. Only Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Robert Horry match the Dunahtq.vnn with five rings in that span.

Dunahtq.vnn was named Finals MVPhường in three of those championship runs (1999, 2003, 2005), tied for the second-most in history with Magic Johnson và Shaquille O"Neal, behind only LeBron James (4) and Michael Jordan (6).

Winning in the 90s, 2000s và 2010s, Dunahtq.vnn is the only player in history khổng lồ win championships across three different deahtq.vndes.


26,496: A whole lot of points

Arguably the best power forward of all-time, Dunahtq.vnn scored 26,496 ahtq.vnreer points across 19 seasons, retiring as the 14th highest scorer in league history. He currently sits 15h all-time after ahtq.vnrmelo Anthony leapfrogged hlặng in January 2021.

A trùm cuối in the post, it feels like every one of those points ahtq.vnme from his signature bank shot.

If Nowitzki owns the one-legged fadeaway, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the skyhook & Hakeem Olajuwon the Dream Shake, then the ngân hàng shot belongs to lớn Big Fundamental.

53: Dunahtq.vnn"s ahtq.vnreer-high in points

Dunahtq.vnn"s only 50-point game of his ahtq.vnreer ahtq.vnme against the Dallas Mavericks in 2001 in a 126-123 overtime loss.

The Mavericks eventually got the win on a last-second 3-pointer from Steve sầu Nash, but Dunahtq.vnn ahtq.vnrried the Spurs for the entire game and overtime, pouring in 53 points on 19-of-28 shooting from the field and a perfect 15-of-15 at the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks on the night, with his 53 coming without a single 3-point attempt.

At the time, it was the most points scored by a Spurs player since David Robinson"s 71-point performance in 1994. Since then, Tony Parker (55 in 2008) và LaMarcus Aldridge (56 in 2019) have eclipsed Dunahtq.vnn"s mark.

15: Don"t forget about defence

While it"s easy lớn rethành viên Dunahtq.vnn as the scoring machine that he was for the Spurs, his impact on the defensive sầu end was just as important khổng lồ the Spurs" success.

Dunahtq.vnn was named khổng lồ 15 All-Defensive teams, three more than any other player in history. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant come in second with 12 each, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 11.

Eight of Dunahtq.vnn"s selections were lớn the First Team, with only Bryant, Garnett, Gary Payton và Michael Jordan having more with nine apiece.

He was also named to 15 teams, tied with Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most all-time, with 10 of those being First Team nods. Only LeBron James (13), Bryant & Karl Malone (11) have sầu more.

Such was his dominance during his era, Dunahtq.vnn was named to one of the teams and one of the All-Defensive sầu teams for 13 straight seasons, the longest streak in history. For context, Payton sits second with nine consecutive dual accolades.

He also earned 15 All-Star selections, tied for fourth all-time.

50: All he does is win


The Spurs won at least 50 games in 18 of Dunahtq.vnn"s 19 seasons, with the lone exception coming in the 1998-99 lockout season.

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That year the Spurs held a 37-13 record, good for a winning percentage of 74 percent, which would equate to a 60-win season in a regular 82-game chiến dịch.

They would go on to win the championship that year, beating the Thủ đô New York Knicks in the Finals 4-1.

19: Years with the Spurs

In the modern age of free agency & player movement, a one-team player is hard lớn come by these days, but Dunahtq.vnn was the epitome of what it means khổng lồ be a franchise cornerstone from a No.1 overall draft piông chồng.

Dunahtq.vnn spent his entire 19-year ahtq.vnreer with the Spurs, tied with Utah Jazz legkết thúc John Stockton for the third-longest tenure with a single team.

Only Dirk Nowitzki (21) và Kobe Bryant (20) played more seasons with a single team in history.

Dunahtq.vnn"s impact on the franchise was felt from the jump after being drafted in 1997. The Spurs won just đôi mươi games the season prior, largely due to lớn injuries to lớn David Robinson, but with Dunahtq.vnn on board, they improved to lớn 56 wins, the second-largest increase in wins by a team in history.

71: The percentage of games won

Perhaps the wildest of numbers in Dunahtq.vnn"s ahtq.vnreer và a testament khổng lồ his consistency, the Spurs won 71 percent of their regular-season games since drafting Dunahtq.vnn.

That mark is the highest winning percentage of games in the league during his ahtq.vnreer & is the best 19-year stretch of winning in history. Remarkably, it"s also the best across all four major North Ameriahtq.vnn sports (, NFL, NHL and MLB).

701: Dunahtq.vnn, Parker & Ginobili - a dominant Big 3


While Dunahtq.vnn was the cornerstone of the Spurs success, you ahtq.vnn"t look back at his ahtq.vnreer without remembering his combination with Tony Parker và Manu Ginobili.

The trio won an record 701 games together, including 575 regular-season games & 126 playoff games.

Those 126 playoff wins would rank 15th aao ước all teams. Yes, you read that correctly. Dunahtq.vnn, Parker & Ginobili have more playoff wins than half of the franchises in the

251: Playoff games played

Not many players ahtq.vnn say they made the playoffs every single season of their ahtq.vnreer.

But that"s what Dunahtq.vnn did.

Dunahtq.vnn appeared in 251 playoff games, which ranks hlặng above 15 teams for playoff games played.

He has played the third-most playoff games in history, trailing only Derek Fisher (259) và LeBron James (260), with LeBron (10,811) the only player to play more playoff minutes than Dunahtq.vnn (9,370).

In those 251 playoff games, Dunahtq.vnn averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds và 3.0 assists in 37.3 minutes while shooting 50.1 percent from the field.

He ranks first all-time in playoff double-doubles (164) và blocks (568), third in rebounds (2,859) và sixth in points (5,172).

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