Tim Duncan announced his retirement this week after 19 stunningly-successful seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA. His resume is truly incredible and will likely never be matched.
Duncan's basketball story began when Hurricane Hugo tore through his hometown of Christiansted, Saint Croix in the US Virgin Islands. It destroyed the island's only Olympic-sized swimming pool and dashed Duncan's dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer. So he picked up a basketball. Good thing he did too.
Four years later, Duncan began his four-year career at Wake Forest. He was dominant in college, and would have been the No. 1 overall selection had he left for the NBA after either his sophomore of junior seasons. As it was, because of a promise to his mother, Duncan completed his degree and found his perfect match in the Spurs — at No. 1 overall in 1997.
Here are some highlights of Duncan's dominating college years.