San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (Power Forward/Center)
Why this is a big quit:
While there is nothing understated about being the 1st pick in the 1997 draft, NBA rookie of the year, 5 NBA titles, 2 MVP awards, and 15 all-star appearances, you would be hard pressed to find an NBA player as low-key and as unassuming as Tim Duncan. It’s hard to find a player who embodies the values and style of play of their team as much as Duncan did. The Spurs, known for their unselfish, consistent, and fundamentally sound style of play, said goodbye this past year to arguably one of the top 10 players of all time, as Duncan, otherwise known as the “Big Fundamental,” decided to hang up the laces. The only controversy that ever surrounded Duncan throughout his career was whether to consider him a power forward or a center. Although given his team first attitude, it is not surprising that he played multiple roles. Never one for the spotlight, the “Big Fundamental” went out in predictable Duncan fashion; no big news conference or retirement tour in his final season, just a simple goodbye.
Why this is not as big as the top 10:
As is typical of Duncan, he didn’t leave his team hanging in his retirement. With a top coach in Greg Popovich, and a team that is already built to contend for a title, Duncan made sure that not too many shots would go uncontested in the Spurs frontcourt. While the “Big Fundamental” has a case to make it in to the top 10 NBA players of all time, he didn’t quite have enough juice to squeeze into the top 10 Biggest Quits. Although given his reputation he probably doesn’t care too much about this list either.