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A power forward and a centre, Tim Duncan has played with the San Antonio Spurs since 1997. Initially an aspiring swimmer while growing up on the US Virgin Islands, Duncan had to resort to swimming in the ocean when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the island’s only Olympic sized swimming pool in 1989. Duncan quickly abandoned his swimming aspirations due to a fear of sharks and took up basketball. Duncan would begin his college career with Wake Forest in 1993. Despite an outstanding NCAA career and pressure to leave college early for the NBA, Duncan refused to leave until he graduated to honor a promise to his late mother. Duncan declared himself for the 1997 NBA Draft and was selected 1st overall by the San Antonio Spurs, and has been a fixture on the Spurs since. Duncan made an immediate impact in the NBA, averaging 21.1 points per game, and took home the 1998 NBA Rookie of The Year Award. Throughout his NBA career, Duncan has led the Spurs to 5 NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014). During 3 of those victories, Duncan was the NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005). Individually, Duncan won back-to-back NBA MVP Awards (2002, 2003) and won the 2003 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Duncan, the Spurs all time leading scorer, continues to make his mark in the NBA. Duncan is a 7 time NBA All-Defensive team, with the most recent being 2015. Duncan also received the 2015 NBA Teammate of The Year Award.