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2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

15.1

REB

9.7

AST

3.0

STL

0.6

BLK

1.9

2013-14 NBA Projections

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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Duncan's rejuvenated performance last season was a surprise to many, as it seemed that the veteran superstar had already succumbed to the powers of aging, averaging just 13.4 points and 15.4 points in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons respectively, the lowest averages of his e...

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STATUS:  Out    INJURY:  Coach Decision    EST. RETURN:  4/16/2014
HT: 7' 0"   WT: 260 lbs   DOB: 4/24/1976  College: Wake Forest
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #1 Overall in 1997   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Spurs in July of 2012.

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Tim Duncan NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 28 66 33.4 20.3 11.1 2.7 0.7 2.6 0.0 49.6 67.0 1.9 3.1 8.0 0.1 33.3 7.8 15.8 4.6 6.9
2005-06 29 80 34.8 18.6 11.0 3.2 0.9 2.0 0.0 48.4 62.9 2.5 2.9 8.1 0.1 40.0 7.2 14.8 4.2 6.7
2006-07 30 80 34.1 20.0 10.6 3.4 0.8 2.4 0.0 54.6 63.7 2.8 2.7 7.9 0.1 11.1 7.7 14.1 4.5 7.1
2007-08 31 78 34.0 19.3 11.3 2.8 0.7 1.9 0.0 49.7 73.0 2.3 3.0 8.3 0.1 0.0 7.5 15.1 4.3 5.9
2008-09 32 75 33.6 19.3 10.7 3.5 0.5 1.7 0.0 50.4 69.2 2.2 2.7 8.0 0.0 0.0 7.4 14.8 4.5 6.4
2009-10 33 78 31.2 17.9 10.1 3.2 0.6 1.5 0.0 51.8 72.5 1.8 2.8 7.3 0.1 18.2 7.2 13.9 3.5 4.8
2010-11 34 SAS 76 28.4 13.4 8.9 2.7 0.7 1.9 0.0 50.0 71.6 1.6 2.2 6.7 0.1 0.0 5.5 11.0 2.4 3.4
2011-12 35 SAS 58 28.2 15.4 9.0 2.3 0.7 1.5 0.0 49.2 69.5 1.7 1.9 7.1 0.1 0.0 6.2 12.6 3.0 4.3
2012-13 36 SAS 69 30.1 17.8 9.9 2.7 0.7 2.7 0.0 50.2 81.7 2.1 1.8 8.1 0.1 28.6 7.1 14.1 3.6 4.3
2013-14 37 SAS 74 29.2 15.1 9.7 3.0 0.6 1.9 0.0 49.0 73.1 2.1 2.1 7.6 0.1 0.0 6.0 12.2 3.1 4.3
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Tim Duncan NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 2 34.5 16.0 12.0 2.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 50.0 76.9 2.5 4.5 7.5 0.0 0.0 5.5 11.0 5.0 6.5
Last 14 Days 5 29.0 14.4 8.6 1.4 0.6 1.6 0.0 43.1 78.6 2.0 3.0 5.6 0.0 0.0 5.0 11.6 4.4 5.6
Last 30 Days 13 28.3 15.2 8.9 3.1 0.8 1.6 0.0 49.7 72.4 2.2 2.7 6.2 0.1 0.0 6.0 12.1 3.2 4.5
Last 5 Games 5 29.0 14.4 8.6 1.4 0.6 1.6 0.0 43.1 78.6 2.0 3.0 5.6 0.0 0.0 5.0 11.6 4.4 5.6
Last 10 Games 10 27.9 15.7 8.6 2.6 0.7 1.9 0.0 49.6 72.9 2.2 2.5 6.1 0.1 0.0 6.1 12.3 3.5 4.8
Last 20 Games 20 27.7 13.9 9.0 3.2 0.7 1.7 0.0 49.1 74.7 1.8 2.2 6.8 0.1 0.0 5.6 11.3 2.8 3.8

 

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4.  Austin Daye

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True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Tim Duncan had a true shooting percentage of 53.5%.

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Tim Duncan NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 28 66 36.0 21.9 12.0 2.9 0.7 2.8 0.0 49.6 67.0 2.1 3.3 8.7 0.1 33.3 8.4 17.0 5.0 7.4
2005-06 29 80 36.0 19.2 11.4 3.3 0.9 2.1 0.0 48.4 62.9 2.6 3.0 8.4 0.1 40.0 7.4 15.3 4.3 6.9
2006-07 30 80 36.0 21.1 11.2 3.6 0.9 2.5 0.0 54.6 63.7 2.9 2.8 8.3 0.1 11.1 8.2 14.9 4.8 7.5
2007-08 31 78 36.0 20.5 12.0 3.0 0.8 2.1 0.0 49.7 73.0 2.4 3.2 8.7 0.1 0.0 7.9 16.0 4.6 6.3
2008-09 32 75 36.0 20.7 11.4 3.8 0.5 1.8 0.0 50.4 69.2 2.4 2.9 8.5 0.0 0.0 8.0 15.8 4.8 6.9
2009-10 33 78 36.0 20.6 11.6 3.6 0.7 1.7 0.0 51.8 72.5 2.1 3.3 8.4 0.2 18.2 8.3 16.0 4.0 5.5
2010-11 34 SAS 76 36.0 17.1 11.3 3.4 0.8 2.4 0.0 50.0 71.6 2.0 2.8 8.5 0.1 0.0 7.0 14.0 3.1 4.3
2011-12 35 SAS 58 36.0 19.7 11.5 2.9 0.8 1.9 0.0 49.2 69.5 2.1 2.4 9.0 0.1 0.0 8.0 16.1 3.8 5.5
2012-13 36 SAS 69 36.0 21.3 11.9 3.2 0.9 3.2 0.0 50.2 81.7 2.5 2.1 9.7 0.1 28.6 8.5 16.9 4.2 5.2
2013-14 37 SAS 74 36.0 18.7 12.0 3.7 0.7 2.3 0.0 49.0 73.1 2.7 2.6 9.4 0.1 0.0 7.4 15.1 3.9 5.3
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Tim Duncan NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 28 66 2203 1342 732 179 45 174 3 49.6 67.0 127 202 530 9 33.3 517 1042 305 455
2005-06 29 80 2784 1485 881 253 70 162 2 48.4 62.9 198 231 650 5 40.0 574 1185 335 533
2006-07 30 80 2726 1599 845 273 66 190 1 54.6 63.7 223 213 632 9 11.1 618 1131 362 568
2007-08 31 78 2651 1508 881 218 56 152 0 49.7 73.0 178 237 644 4 0.0 585 1178 338 463
2008-09 32 75 2523 1450 800 264 38 126 0 50.4 69.2 165 201 599 2 0.0 558 1107 334 483
2009-10 33 78 2436 1395 788 246 45 117 2 51.8 72.5 140 221 567 11 18.2 561 1082 271 374
2010-11 34 SAS 76 2156 1022 678 203 50 146 0 50.0 71.6 122 169 509 4 0.0 419 838 184 257
2011-12 35 SAS 58 1634 895 520 132 38 88 0 49.2 69.5 97 110 410 4 0.0 361 733 173 249
2012-13 36 SAS 69 2078 1227 686 184 50 183 2 50.2 81.7 147 124 562 7 28.6 490 976 245 300
2013-14 37 SAS 74 2158 1119 721 220 43 139 0 49.0 73.1 159 158 563 5 0.0 444 906 231 316
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Tim Duncan NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 28 66 33.4 54.0 49.8 11.6 8.2 1.4 25.3
2005-06 29 80 34.8 52.3 48.5 13.5 10.6 1.3 23.1
2006-07 30 80 34.1 57.9 54.7 14.5 11.9 1.2 25.4
2007-08 31 78 34.0 54.6 49.7 12.3 10.0 1.2 24.6
2008-09 32 75 33.6 54.9 50.4 15.1 9.4 1.6 24.2
2009-10 33 78 31.2 56.0 51.9 15.1 8.6 1.8 23.4
2010-11 34 SAS 76 28.4 53.7 50.0 15.9 9.6 1.7 19.5
2011-12 35 SAS 58 28.2 53.1 49.2 12.3 9.1 1.4 19.4
2012-13 36 SAS 69 30.1 55.4 50.3 12.8 10.2 1.3 23.8
2013-14 37 SAS 74 29.2 53.5 49.0 15.4 11.2 1.4 20.8
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Tim Duncan 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 16 LAL                                
Apr 14 at HOU 30 12 9 2 0 0 2 4 10 4 4 0 0 5 4 0
Apr 11 PHO                                
Apr 10 at DAL 39 20 15 2 1 1 3 7 12 6 9 0 0 4 11 3
Apr 8 at MIN 20 10 6 1 0 4 3 4 11 2 4 0 0 3 3 2
Apr 6 MEM 28 13 5 1 2 1 2 5 10 3 3 0 0 1 4 2
Apr 3 at OKC 28 17 8 1 0 2 0 5 15 7 8 0 0 2 6 2
Apr 2 GSW 20 15 8 0 0 0 1 7 11 1 2 0 0 3 5 2
Mar 31 at IND 31 9 6 4 1 3 3 3 10 3 4 0 0 2 4 3
Mar 29 NOP 25 12 8 6 0 4 3 5 9 2 5 0 0 2 6 0
Mar 28 at DEN 22 20 8 4 1 2 0 9 15 2 3 0 1 1 7 2
Mar 26 DEN 36 29 13 5 2 2 5 12 20 5 6 0 0 2 11 2
Mar 24 PHI 23 19 5 2 1 0 2 9 12 1 2 0 0 2 3 2
Mar 22 at GSW                                
Mar 21 at SAC 34 10 9 6 0 2 0 3 12 4 6 0 0 3 6 2
Mar 19 at LAL 32 12 16 6 3 0 4 5 10 2 2 0 0 5 11 4
Mar 16 UTA 30 16 6 6 1 2 2 7 10 2 2 0 0 1 5 1
Mar 14 LAL 15 9 8 2 0 3 1 4 10 1 1 0 0 0 8 1
Mar 12 POR 26 10 11 2 0 0 0 5 9 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
Mar 11 at CHI 27 4 9 5 1 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Mar 8 ORL 29 11 10 2 1 3 1 4 13 3 5 0 0 1 9 2
Mar 6 MIA 33 23 11 2 0 1 3 9 13 5 5 0 0 2 9 4
Mar 4 at CLE 26 7 8 4 0 3 0 2 5 3 4 0 0 0 8 1
Mar 2 DAL 35 17 9 2 0 2 4 5 11 7 9 0 0 2 7 3
Feb 28 CHA 33 17 16 6 1 1 4 6 12 5 5 0 0 2 14 2
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Feb 26 DET 27 13 9 1 2 1 2 5 12 3 3 0 0 2 7 3
Feb 21 at PHO 21 13 5 0 1 0 2 4 10 5 5 0 1 0 5 1
Feb 19 at POR                                
Feb 18 at LAC 38 19 13 7 0 1 4 8 19 3 4 0 0 4 9 5
Feb 12 at BOS 35 25 9 2 0 1 3 9 15 7 8 0 0 1 8 2
Feb 10 at DET 22 11 8 4 0 1 6 5 8 1 2 0 0 0 8 0
Feb 8 at CHA 32 16 12 0 0 2 5 6 13 4 6 0 0 2 10 4
Feb 6 at BKN                                
Feb 5 at WAS 40 31 11 5 2 3 3 13 20 5 7 0 0 2 9 6
Feb 3 at NOP 29 21 7 2 1 6 4 10 20 1 3 0 0 2 5 2
Feb 1 SAC 33 23 17 5 0 2 1 8 13 7 12 0 0 4 13 0
Jan 29 CHI 35 17 12 1 1 1 4 7 14 3 4 0 0 3 9 1
Jan 28 at HOU 30 12 14 2 1 4 3 6 10 0 2 0 0 6 8 5
Jan 26 at MIA 24 23 3 0 2 1 1 9 13 5 5 0 1 1 2 3
Jan 24 at ATL 27 17 16 2 0 4 3 7 14 3 6 0 0 4 12 1
Jan 22 OKC 33 14 13 3 2 1 2 6 10 2 6 0 0 3 10 0
Jan 19 MIL 28 11 13 2 0 3 0 4 7 3 7 0 0 1 12 1
Jan 17 POR 36 13 7 3 0 2 3 6 16 1 3 0 0 1 6 2
Jan 15 UTA 24 15 8 4 0 3 1 7 10 1 1 0 0 0 8 1
Jan 13 at NOP 26 18 9 2 0 0 3 7 14 4 7 0 0 2 7 6
Jan 12 MIN 28 15 8 5 0 4 3 5 9 5 6 0 0 0 8 0
Jan 8 DAL 29 16 13 1 0 2 4 5 8 6 6 0 0 3 10 0
Jan 7 at MEM 38 24 17 4 1 2 5 9 16 6 8 0 0 2 15 2
Jan 4 LAC 32 19 11 4 1 1 0 9 18 1 1 0 0 3 8 1
Jan 2 NYK 32 9 7 2 0 2 1 3 8 3 4 0 0 1 6 0
Dec 31 BKN 24 15 5 1 1 0 1 7 11 1 2 0 0 0 5 0
Dec 29 SAC 33 17 13 2 0 2 2 8 17 1 1 0 0 3 10 2
Dec 26 at DAL 32 21 13 3 0 2 3 7 16 7 8 0 0 2 11 2
Dec 25 HOU 34 11 14 5 1 6 0 4 12 3 6 0 0 4 10 4
Dec 23 TOR 28 9 12 4 0 4 0 4 15 1 2 0 0 3 9 3
Dec 21 OKC 35 17 10 1 1 2 2 7 14 3 4 0 0 3 7 0
Dec 19 at GSW                                
Dec 18 at PHO 31 17 13 2 2 3 5 6 13 5 5 0 0 6 7 1
Dec 16 at LAC 32 17 11 5 1 1 2 5 12 7 8 0 0 2 9 4
Dec 14 at UTA 29 22 12 3 0 0 2 9 17 4 6 0 0 2 10 2
Dec 13 MIN 35 12 14 8 2 3 2 5 11 2 2 0 0 3 11 2
Dec 11 at MIL 24 21 16 3 0 2 1 9 12 3 3 0 0 6 10 1
Dec 10 at TOR 24 14 7 1 0 0 3 6 11 2 5 0 0 2 5 1
Dec 7 IND 26 10 6 4 0 1 2 3 10 4 4 0 0 2 4 3
Dec 4 at MIN                                
Dec 2 ATL 35 23 21 2 1 2 3 10 15 3 4 0 0 6 15 0
Nov 30 HOU 33 20 8 3 1 3 2 8 13 4 5 0 1 1 7 2
Nov 29 at ORL 23 19 9 2 1 1 2 8 13 3 3 0 0 3 6 2
Nov 27 at OKC 29 11 8 0 1 2 3 5 14 1 2 0 0 2 6 0
Nov 25 NOP 25 10 5 3 1 3 3 4 8 2 4 0 0 1 4 0
Nov 23 CLE 16 9 6 1 0 3 0 4 6 1 2 0 0 1 5 0
Nov 22 at MEM 32 8 6 4 0 2 1 3 8 2 3 0 0 0 6 2
Nov 20 BOS 28 13 9 3 0 0 0 3 13 7 8 0 0 1 8 2
Nov 15 at UTA 34 14 9 2 0 3 1 7 16 0 1 0 0 2 7 0
Nov 13 WAS 26 2 8 3 0 2 2 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Nov 11 at PHI                                
Nov 10 at NYK 24 11 10 2 0 1 2 1 4 9 11 0 0 2 8 1
Nov 8 GSW 32 8 4 5 1 2 3 3 11 2 2 0 0 1 3 2
Nov 6 PHO 28 17 5 5 0 1 2 7 12 3 4 0 0 1 4 1
Nov 5 at DEN 34 17 8 8 0 4 4 7 15 3 3 0 0 2 6 4
Nov 2 at POR 31 24 7 1 0 1 0 12 23 0 0 0 1 3 4 3
Nov 1 at LAL                                
Oct 30 MEM 17 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 6 1 3 0 0 0 6 2

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player did not play in the game.

Tim Duncan: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Duncan (knee) scored 12 points (4-10 FG, 4-4 FT) to go along with nine rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes Monday at Houston.

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Duncan will start at power forward Monday in Houston.

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Duncan (knee) won't play Friday, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

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Duncan (knee) is questionable to play in Friday's game against the Suns, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Duncan (knee) recorded 20 points (7-12 FG, 6-9 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes Thursday in Dallas.

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Duncan hyperextended his right knee in Thursday's game against the Mavericks but was able to return, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

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Duncan posted 17 points (5-15 FG, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 28 minutes Thursday.

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Duncan scored 29 points (12-20 FG, 5-6 FT) to go along with 13 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals in 36 minutes against Denver on Wednesday night.

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Duncan scored 19 points, five rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 23 minutes of action Monday against the Sixers.

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Duncan won't play Saturday at Golden State, USA Today reports.

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Duncan could be held out of Saturday's game, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Prior to Friday's game, coach Gregg Popovich said that if "our guys are in the 30s [in minutes played], win or lose it means those guys probably aren't going to see the hardwood tomorrow."

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Duncan scored nine points (4-10 FG, 1-1 FT) while adding eight rebounds, two steals, and three blocks in only 15 minutes against the Lakers Friday night.

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2013-14

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2012-13

Duncanís not a sexy pick any longer. He wonít elicit oohs and aahs when you select him in the fifth round or later. Consistency rarely gets a reaction. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich continued his Duncan preservation project, limiting the big manís minutes to 28 per game last season, in addition to giving him occasional nights off. Duncan averaged 15.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game despite the drop in minutes--lower than his career per-game averages--but his per-minute numbers remain static. And those per-game averages were up from the career-lows he set the previous season. He hovered around 50 percent shooting (49.2) and blocked more than a shot per game (1.5). We know the downside by now: his free-throw shooting remains in the 70-percent range, the reduced minutes, and his age. Duncan will be 36 when the regular season tips off. The Spurs re-signed him for another three seasons this offseason. If you donít jump too early, Duncan should be a great value pick from the fifth round and beyond.

2011-12

After dominating the NBA power forward position for 13 seasons, Duncan finally started to show his age during his 14th campaign. The 35-year-old big man finished the season with career-lows in points (13.5) and rebounds (8.9) while playing the fewest minutes (28) of his career. Despite the drop in production, Duncan still held decent fantasy value thanks to his contributions in field-goal percentage (50.0) and blocks (1.9). The Spurs are a team on their last legs, so look for coach Gregg Popovich to continue limiting his veteranís minutes during the regular season. While Duncanís per-game averages would surely be better with more playing time, fantasy owners should appreciate the fact that less minutes have helped contribute to Duncan staying healthy as he enters the twilight of his career. Duncanís name value will most likely cause his draft day value to remain somewhat inflated in comparison to his actual production, but if he happens to drop, this old dog still has value.

2010-11

Duncan recorded the fewest ppg (17.9), rpg (10.1) and bpg (1.5) during his 13-year career last season, which isn't a surprise since he also spent his least amount of time on the court (31:18 mpg); in fact, his mpg have now dropped in each of the past four seasons. Duncan is 34 years old and has played in 1,147 career games if you count the postseason, so it's hard to argue with the Spurs' strategy, as he's managed to appear in at least 75 games in each of the past five seasons, and San Antonio is clearly more concerned with the postseason anyway. Still, it's a tactic likely to continue, limiting Duncan's fantasy value. While they may be career-lows, all those aforementioned numbers are still plenty impressive, but Duncan struggles from the charity stripe (68.7% for his career), and further overall decline can safely be expected. Duncan's an interesting option for owners who prefer not reach for "the next big thing", his fantasy value is going in the wrong direction.

2009-10

At age 33 and with 899 games played, itís clear which direction Duncanís career is going. However, he remained extremely productive last season, even if his block (1.7) and steal (0.5) averages were both career-worsts. His minutes per game have decreased in each of the past three years, as the Spurs are more focused on the playoffs than the regular season. Duncan remains a fantastic defender and rebounder and has an array of polished post moves thanks to sound fundamentals and excellent footwork. Even at this stage of his career, Duncanís one of the best players in the NBA, though his weakness at the free-throw line remains a problem for fantasy purposes. Still, itís safe to expect further decline in his overall stats moving forward, considering his age and that heís approaching 1,000 career games. Moreover, the team wonít have to rely on him as much with a healthy Manu Ginobili returning and also with the addition of Richard Jefferson to take on some of the scoring load. Because heís no longer a sexy pick, Duncan could be undervalued in some formats, because even if his numbers continue to decline, his floor remains far higher than most.

2008-09

Itíd be awfully tough to come up with a list of the ten best players in the NBA without including Duncan. It might be just as hard to find a fantasy league where Timmy is picked in the top ten. Why the discrepancy? The biggest problem is focus. As in, the Spurs focus on the post-season, limiting Duncanís minutes from November to April so he can do his best work in May and June. The other problem is free-throw shooting. Like Shaquille OíNeal in his prime, Duncan racks up a ton of free-throw attempts, and misses entirely too many of those freebies. A bad percentage from such a high-volume free-throw shooter can kill a fantasy teamís average. The free throw shooting may not be as much of a problem as in years past Ė last season Duncan raised that average to 73 percent Ė his best total since 2001-02. The minutes, on the other hand, seem likely to continue a downward trend.

2007-08

Duncan is a better player in real life than he is in fantasy; an MVP-caliber NBA player but only a fantasy all-star. He still puts up outstanding numbers in most categories (20.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 54.6% FG, 3.4 apg), but he only plays about 34 minutes per night as he has reached the stage in his career where itís more important for him to remain fresh for the playoffs than to put up the video game-type numbers in the regular season. Heís also been relatively healthy for the past two seasons, with consecutive 80-game campaigns to counter the notion that age and injury were slowing him down. Really, the only weakness in Duncanís game is at the free throw line (63.7% on 7.1 attempts/game). Combined with his low minutes played, this might put him a notch below the elite fantasy players at the position.

2006-07

Duncan's contributions as fantasy player have been in decline for several seasons now, as the Spurs limit his regular-season minutes somewhat and his overall numbers suffer as a result. That said, Duncan is still an excellent source of rebounds, blocks and field-goal percentage, so long as you can absorb a hit to your free-throw shooting. Duncan's scoring has declined for four straight seasons, but he's still good for 18 per game, which is nothing to sneeze at, especially if he qualifies at center in your league.

2005-06

Poor free throw shooting is the only thing that keeps Duncan from moving up the list; in a points league, Duncan trails only KG and maybe LeBron in value. Duncan shot 67% from the line in the regular season, which was actually quite a bit better than his 60% figure from 2003-04. Everywhere else, though, Duncan is dominant. The Big Fundamental has averaged over 20 points and 11 rebounds per game in each of his eight years in the league, and last year was no different. His scoring and rebounding were down just a bit, but so were his minutes, as the Spurs did their best to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Duncan adds value over the other power forwards with his shot-blocking, ranking third in the league with 2.64 rejections per game. Duncan's health is a bit of a red flag, as he's missed 29 games combined over the past two seasons with persistent ankle problems, but he provides a ton of value when heís in your lineup.

2004-05

An awful lot of the criticism of Team USA's performance in Athens centered on fundamentals. They can't pass. They can't shoot. They don't play the game "the right way." Well, I beg to differ - there's one Dream Teamer who is fundamentally sound. Hell, he DEFINES fundamentally sound. He'll also be thrilled to return to the land where superstars get the benefit of the doubt from the zebras, and every team doesn't play a zone that collapses on him every time he sniffs the ball. In this land, Duncan will continue to put up MVP-type numbers. His only flaw, of course, is free-throw shooting... he was under 60% for the season.

2003-04

After averaging 23.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.93 blocks in 39.3 minutes per night, Duncan, at 27, is now entering the prime of his career. Expect similar numbers to last season, making him the likely number one overall pick in leagues where he is center-eligible.