Tim Duncan is one of the greatest players of all time, and many thought he would’ve retired by now. It’s a good thing he didn’t. Duncan has already chalked up some milestones this year, and he has many more ahead of him.
On Nov. 2, he set a new record for a wins by one player on the same team when he and his San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks:
Most wins in @NBAHistory with one team:
1. Tim Duncan (Spurs) – 954
2. John Stockton (Jazz) – 953
3. Karl Malone (Jazz) – 919
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 3, 2015
That came just one day after he, along with Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, set the record for most wins by a trio of players at 541.
But there are plenty of milestones still ahead, both of the personal and team variety.
Duncan has been on the winning side 966 times. If he can get 34 more, not at all unlikely, he’d be the third player to reach 1,000.
He has 14,817 rebounds. With 152 more he’ll pass Karl Malone for sixth all-time. With 183 more he’ll reach 15,000.
He has 994 steals, needing just six more to reach 1,000. That would make him just the 24th player in history notch 1,000 thefts and 1,000 blocks.
He needs just 26 blocks to reach 3,000 for his career and 91 to move past Mark Eaton for fourth all-time. At his present rate of 1.7 per game, he’d need 53 more appearances to do that, a very reachable goal.
If he reaches 15,000 rebounds, 3,000 blocks and 1,000 steals, he’d be the only person other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to achieve all three of those things and score 25,000 points.
Speaking of points, he’s currently 14th on the all-time list. At his present pace, if he played 75 games this year, he’d reach 26,716 points, just enough to move him past Oscar Robertson for 11th. He needs 234 points to pass John Havlicek and 506 to pass Dominique Wilkins.
In the advanced stat category, Duncan is already sixth all-time in Win Shares. At his present pace, he should add about seven more, which move him past John Stockton, who currently has 4.2 more than Duncan.
And that’s just his regular-season numbers.
“If” the Spurs make the playoffs (yeah, I know, that’s a big if), it would be Duncan’s 18th trip there. Only John Stockton and Karl Malone can beat that number.
A second-round trip would likely move him past Michael Jordan for first all-time in postseason Win Shares, though, LeBron James is on his heels. If he scores 137 playoff points, he’ll move past Shaquille O’Neal for fourth all-time.
Duncan is currently fourth all-time in playoffs wins with 151. A trip to the second round would move him into a tie for second with Robert Horry. If he gets three wins in the Western Conference Finals, he’ll be the all-time leader in playoff wins.
As his career accomplishments continue to pile up, he continues to distance himself from Kobe Bryant for the imaginary title, “Greatest Player of His Generation.” But this season’s milestones could serve to move him into the theoretical top five of all time. Regarding personal and career accomplishments, there aren’t many who’ve attained what Duncan has. This year is just the capstone of a lifetime of achievements.