Here are some names that will indefinitely warp you back in time: Keith Van Horn, Chauncey Billups, and Tracy McGrady. These classic NBA players all have two things in common – they were all drafted behind Tim Duncan in the 1997 NBA Draft and they are all retired or (in Chauncey Billups’ case) rumored to be on their way out. While these iconic names have thrown in the towel to their NBA careers, Tim Duncan is still showing, 17 years later, why he was a number one draft pick, as he leads his team to a NBA Finals rematch against Lebron James and the Miami Heat.
In 2012, Reggie Miller coined the nickname “Old Man Riverwalk” for Tim Duncan and if you consider his ripe old age of 38 and the fact that he plays in the city of the infamous Downtown Riverwalk, it seems rather fitting. But statistically, Duncan appears to have turned back the hands of time to give Father Time a nice slap in the face. No, he’s not scoring 25.5 points per game as he did in 2001-2002 or the 12.9 rebounds per game he achieved in 2002-2003, but rather, a modest 15.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game, which is relatively outstanding, considering he’s competing in an NBA that is entirely different than his rookie year… 17 years ago! He’s evolved over time to maintain a fundamentally sound, consistent performance and nicknames aside, he and his team are heading into the 2014 NBA Finals.
All throughout the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the entire Spurs team was inundated with nicknames referring to age, such as Boris Diaw’s moniker, “Old Man at the YMCA,” or “El Contusion,” the nickname given to the aging Manu Ginobli, but oddly enough, their upcoming NBA Finals opponent actually leads the league in the category of average age per team for the 2013-2014 season – 30.3 years old. Who would have thought that out of 15 players, the average age of the Miami Heat was exceeding the San Antonio Spurs (28.5 years old) by a couple years? Anyone stuck in the frame of mind that the Miami Heat are simply going to blow the “old men” of the Spurs out of the water might be surprised when the two teams hit the hardwood.
Regardless of where you stand on this topic, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs are repeating history and going head to head in a Best of 7 Finals series – you don’t want to miss it! For the best NBA Gear for either the Western Conference Champs or Eastern Conference Champs, depend on the unparalleled selection at Fansedge.com. We hope you are as excited as us to see the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs going after the Championship title again!