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Video:Profile of Tim Duncan

with Jamal Andress

Tim Duncan is considered one of the best forwards to ever play pro Basketball. Get a player profile on NBA center Tim Duncan, also known as "The Big Fundamental" in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Tim Duncan

Hey I'm Jamal Andress for About.com and we're talking about NBA center known as "The Big Fundamental" Tim Duncan.

Tim Duncan's Early Life

Tim Duncan was born in 1976 in the Virgin Islands. Growing up Duncan was primarily a swimmer but after his mom passed away he gave up swimming competitively and took a shot at basketball his 9th grade year.

Duncan at Wake Forest

Duncan attended Wake Forest for college and stayed all four years despite being an eligible NBA prospect by his sophomore year. Duncan led Wake Forest to three straight ACC titles while also winning Defensive Player of the Year three years in a row. Duncan's senior year he was the Naismith Player of the Year and averaged 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Duncan finished his college career as the second-leading shot blocker in NCAA history.

Drafted First Overall in 1997

Duncan was taken first overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs pairing him with Hall of Famer David Robinson. After taking Rookie of the Year Honors his first year Duncan lead the Spurs to the 1999 NBA Championship his second year in the league. Duncan grabbed Finals MVP honors after averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds in the five game series with the Knicks.

Career in San Antonio

After a severe injury in 2000 and a disappointing season in 2001 Duncan turned things around by winning back-to-back MVP awards in 2002 and 2003. During the 2003 postseason Duncan and David Robinson took the Spurs back to the NBA Championship. The Spurs beat the Nets in a six game series and Duncan won his second NBA Finals MVP award.  Though the Spurs lost Robinson to retirement, Duncan still had All Stars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to help the Spurs continue to be a title contender. The Spurs would win Championships again in 2005 and 2007.

Duncan's Legacy and Accomplishments

The Big Fundamental is considered one of the best forwards to ever play the game. Duncan has 4 NBA Championship Rings three NBA Finals MVP awards, two regular season MVP's and is a 13 time All Star. 

According to NBA.com Duncan is also afraid of heights, sharks, and is a video game junkie.

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