Tim Duncan is your Western Conference Player of the Week
For the first time since 2009, Tim Duncan was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week. For the week, Duncan averaged 22 points, 12.8 rebounds and three assists per game, beginning with last Monday’s loss to the Clippers and concluding with Sunday afternoon’s double OT win over the Toronto Raptors. It’s the 21st Player of the Week award for Duncan in his career.
When Tim Duncan re-signed with the Spurs this summer and seemingly put an expiration date on his Hall of Fame career, I doubt many expected any honors like this to come his way. Duncan had noticeably slowed down in recent years and San Antonio relied less and less on Duncan for offense. And awards like this one only reward offense.
But with Manu Ginobili starting the season battling a back injury and Tony Parker slow out of the gates, the Spurs went to Duncan early and often. Duncan didn’t let the team down. The Big Fundamental is averaging almost 19 points per game for the season with 10.1 rebound, 2.3 assists and 2.1 blocks a contest. Those are averages all right around his career numbers, at the very ripe age of 36 years old.
The Spurs definitely can’t count on those numbers to stay the same as this long, 82-game season unfolds. We’re still just 15 games in. Nor can they expect him to be as fresh and effective offensively in the playoffs. And while such short term awards as this one are normally overlooked, especially in San Antonio where championships are really all the count, sometimes you have to take a step back and marvel and what Tim Duncan is still able to do.