Who would have thought that our last Player Of The Week Lebron James would find him and his team struggling to get out of the second round, when they were looking at easily reaching the conference finals with a beat down of the Knicks? This proves that the playoffs so far have been tough, hard fought and largely unpredictable. So keep an eye on all the NBA action this week and visit the NBA Down Under Facebook Page on Sunday to vote once again for your Player Of The Week. Amongst the uncertainty of the playoffs their has been one player that has proved once again that he can play consistent outstanding basketball. It's no surprise he's your NBA Player Of The Week...
#21 TIM DUNCANPower Forward - San Antonio Spurs Born: 25 April 1972, Christiansted, America High School: St. Dunstead's Episcopal Height: 6 ft 11 in (2.11m) Weight: 255 lbs (116kg) College: Wake Forest NBA Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1 / San Antonio Spurs NBA Career: 1997 - present San Antonio Spurs Career Highlights & Awards
- 4x NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
- 3x NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005)
- 2x NBA Most Valuable Player (2002-2003)
- 13x NBA All Star (1998. 2000-2011)
- NBA Rookie Of The Year (1998)
- 9x All NBA 1st Team (1998-2005, 2007)
- 8x All Defensive 1st Team (1999-2003, 2005, 2007-2008)
WHY HE WON OUR PLAYER OF THE WEEKThe big fundamental Tim Duncan has recaptured some of the legs, energy and numbers he produced back in his prime. All season Tim was being rested in blowout games and was strictly limited to 30 minutes a night to ensure that when the playoffs rolled around he could go all out in helping his team try and win their 5th title in 13 years. This smart coaching move from none other than Gregg Popovich has allowed Duncan to have a healthy body come playoff time and really feel good about his play, along with with his chances of winning another title.
"I feel unbelievable, better than I have for the last four or five years."The Clippers have had no answer for Tim Duncan, while they have managed to limit Tony Parker somewhat it has only given Tim an easier time on the boards and in the paint. Credit Duncan and the Spurs defense for limiting the Clippers to a 19% shooting percentage inside the paint. No team in NBA history has comeback from a 3-0 deficit so it is fair to say that the Spurs will be moving on to the next round and Tim Duncan will become even more important in matching up with the front line of Oklahoma City or Los Angeles.
STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSESStrengths: Tim Duncan has got to have the best Basketball I.Q in the league. He doesn't average 2.2 blocks for his career because of his athletic ability, it's because he knows where the defender is going and has impeccable timing. He is fundamentally brilliant and can still school most defenders at 36 years of age. Weaknesses: You can't go past his age and his health. At 36 he can't play more than 30 minutes a game or consistently play on a back to back because of it provides a serious risk of injury. This year he played in 58 of 66 regular season games but next year he is likely to miss more games as there were numerous blowout games he was rested on this year, allowing him to play more.
INTERESTING & RANDOM DUNCAN FACTS
- Has a degree in psychology which he received while at Wake Forest
- Didn't play Basketball until he was in Year 9
- Known for practising with his shorts on backwards
- Scared of Heights and Sharks
- A Video Game Junkie