Some perspective on Duncan's age and production

Some perspective on Duncan's age and production

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 00:11

Here's some perspective on Tim Duncan's season and his ability to keep playing.

During the regular season, Duncan averaged 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds. He turned 38 on April 25, so he played most of the season at 37.

One thought that immediately comes to mind is Duncan seems to have more left in the tank than former teammate David Robinson did late in his career. In fact, Robinson retired at 37 after averaging 8.5 points and 7.9 rebounds in 2002-03.

What about some of the other great big men late in their careers; guys who played in the post.

--Shaquille O'Neal averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds at 37 and played one more year.

--Hakeem Olajuwon averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds during the season he turned 38 and played one more year.

--Moses Malone averaged 4.5 points and 4.2 boards at 37.

--Bill Russell retired at 35, Wilt Chamberlain at 36 and Charles Barkley 37.

So Duncan is well ahead of most of his historic peers. A couple guys who stand out for productive longevity are, of course, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who averaged 22 points, 7.9 rebounds and won a championship at 37. He played four more years and won two more titles.

Karl Malone averaged 23.2 points and 8.3 rebounds at 37 and played three more years.

Anyway, this is just more evidence to support the theory Duncan will continue his career and probably challenge for another championship.

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