Spurs' Tim Duncan can still bring it at 38

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to forward Tim Duncan during practice in San...

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks to forward Tim Duncan during practice in San Antonio yesterday. (USA TODAY)

Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

Tony Parker might be San Antonio’s best player and the team is successful because all its parts come together in a harmonious way, but Tim Duncan remains the team’s pivotal player.

Even at 38 years of age, Duncan remains one of the NBA’s premier big men — and his efficiency actually tends to improve in the playoffs, a huge reason why San Antonio has won four titles with Duncan leading the way.

The offence might be keyed now by Parker’s brilliance, instead of Duncan’s inside game, but he remains a defensive and rebounding goliath, with a still effective offensive arsenal. Duncan shot 9-for-10 in Game 1, helping the Spurs to a 48-36 edge in points in the paint. His .573 true shooting percentage in these playoffs is tied for third-best in his illustrious career, his effective shooting percentage is tied for his second-best ever, and — despite five turnovers in the opener, his turnover rate is also at its lowest.

 


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