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Tim Duncan named to All-NBA Third Team

The great Tim Duncan has been named to his 15th All-NBA team, which ties Kobe and Kareem for most all-time.

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While we wait for official word that Tim Duncan is going to gift us at least one more season, we can reflect on the historic accomplishment that is his record-tying 15th selection to an All-NBA team. The honor also marks the 15th time that Tim has been selected to an All-NBA team and an All-Defensive team in the same season, making him the only player to accomplish the feat. Congratulations, Tim.

Big Fun, in his 18th season, was the most consistent player for the Spurs all season, leading the team in points, rebounds, blocks, free throw attempts, win shares and PER. In addition, he was the defensive anchor for the Silver and Black and provided the foundation that allowed the team to finish the season third in defensive rating.

Tim's been so good for so long it just seems normal that he continues to pump out outstanding seasons year after year. Thinking about next season, it's impossible for me to imagine that Father Time will win a round against Timmy. As of now, I've got Tim up 30-25.

Kawhi Leonard was the first forward left out, receiving 12 fewer points than Duncan. Kawhi was the only player receiving more than 100 points to not make the team.

Here's the official release from the team:


SAN ANTONIO (May 21, 2015) - The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan was named to the league's All-NBA Third Team for the 2014-15 season. It marks the 15th All-NBA selection of Duncan's career, tying Kobe Bryant and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most all-time in NBA history.

Duncan's selection marks the 18th consecutive season the Spurs have had a player named to an All-NBA Team.  It's the 40th time in team history that a Spur has been named to an All-NBA team, which includes 19 First Team selections, 11 Second Team selections and 10 Third Team selections.

In 2014-15, Duncan averaged 13.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.96 blocks (eighth in the NBA) in 28.9 minutes. He became the first player in NBA history to average at least 13.0 points and 9.0 rebounds for an entire season at the age of 38-years-or-older. His 1.96 blocks is the highest average of any NBA player 38-years-or-older since the NBA started keeping track of blocked shots in 1973.

Duncan becomes the oldest player selected to an All-NBA Team since Abdul-Jabbar (38-years-old) was named to the First Team in the 1985-86 season.

Duncan has been named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2013), the All-NBA Second Team three times (2006, 2008 and 2009) and the All-NBA Third team twice (2010 and 2015).

This year marks Duncan's NBA-record 15th time he has appeared on both the All-Defensive Team and All-NBA Team in the same season. On May 20, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

Joining Duncan on the All-NBA Third Team are Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers, guards Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers center DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers.


Position                     Player, Team (1st Team Votes)                         Points

Forward                     Anthony Davis, New Orleans (119)                          625

Forward                     LeBron James, Cleveland (129)                          645

Center                        Marc Gasol, Memphis (65)                           453

Guard                         James Harden, Houston (125)                          637

Guard                         Stephen Curry, Golden State (129)                          645


Position                     Player, Team (1st Team Votes)                         Points

Forward                     DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento (18)                           220

Forward                     LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland (13)                           390

Center                        Pau Gasol, Chicago (15)                           242

Guard                         Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (10)                        397

Guard                         Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (1)                            335


Position                     Player, Team (1st Team Votes)                         Points

Forward                     Tim Duncan, San Antonio (6)                            167

Forward                     Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (2)                            189

Center                        DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers (12)                           175

Guard                         Klay Thompson, Golden State                          122

Guard                         Kyrie Irving, Cleveland                      112

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio, 155; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 70; Al Horford, Atlanta, 64 (1); John Wall, Washington, 50; Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 32; Damian Lillard, Portland, 22; Draymond Green, Golden State, 9; Zach Randolph, Memphis, 7; Jeff Teague, Atlanta, 7; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 6; Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, 6; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 3; Rudy Gay, Sacramento, 3; Andre Drummond, Detroit, 2; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 2; Kyle Korver, Atlanta, 2; Joakim Noah, Chicago, 2; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 2; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 1; Tyson Chandler, Dallas, 1; Mike Conley, Memphis, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Kevin Love, Cleveland, 1; Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 1; Khris Middleton, Milwaukee, 1.