Tim Duncan, one of the best basketball players in the world is trying a different sport.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett may be gone, but let’s take a look for some players from 1990s that are still grinding away.
1) Paul Pierce (10th pick, 1998 draft)
After winning one championship and the Finals MVP in Boston, Pierce is now a Clipper. This is now his second year in Los Angeles after spending his 2014–2015 season with the Wizards. On September 26, 2016, the 10-time All-Star announces via the Players Tribune that he will retire after the 2016–2017 season, his 19th in the league.
“This is it, my final season,” Pierce wrote. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.”
2) Dirk Nowitzki (9th pick, 1998 draft)
Nowitzki is known for his signature skill, the one-legged fadeaway shot. The 13-time All-Star has no plan no retire yet, that’s why on July 27, 2016, he re-signed a two-year deal contract with the Mavs.
No doubt, the 7-foot tall shooting big man from Germany is the best Dallas Mavericks player of all-time and could be a hall of famer in the future. On 2011, he led his team to a championship title against LeBron James and the Miami Heat; and also won the Finals MVP award on that championship series. Nowitzki is also a member of 50–40–90 club and the all-time Dallas Mavericks leading scorer.
3) Ray Allen (5th pick, 1996 draft)
Allen is currently a free agent. There are a lot of rumors that the two-time NBA Champion will sign with the Bucks, Cavaliers, Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Knicks, Pacers or Warriors, although there are a lot of teams showing some interest on the 41-year old shooting guard.
On July 2016, Allen began mulling a comeback and conceded he was interested by the possibility of competing for another championship title. The next month, Allen had converses with the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in regards to a possible return.
4) Manu Ginóbili (57th pick, 1999 draft)
Ginobili is one of the greatest international player ever, couple of players taken so low in the Draft appreciate even a large portion of the vocation as Ginobili. On July 14, 2016, the former Sixth Man of the Year re-signed another one-year contract with the Spurs and he isn’t closing the door at returning for 2017–2018 season.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Argentina had won four titles with the Spurs and appeared two times in the All-Star game.
5) Vince Carter (5th pick, 1998 draft)
Steve Nash is the most loved child of Canadian ball, but Carter is the person who developed the game Up North. Carter is known for his moniker “Half-Man, Half-Amazing”, because of his brutal dunks, especially when he performed a memorable dunk called “The Dunk of Death” where he jumped over a 7-foot-2 French center Frederic Weis during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
On July 12, 2014, the athletic swingman out of Florida signed a multi-year deal contract with the Grizzlies. Carter never won a title and any MVP award yet, but he is the 1999 Rookie of the Year, appeared in the All-Star game eight-times and the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest champion.
6) Metta World Peace (16th pick, 1999 draft)
World Peace was known as Ron Artest before lawfully changing his name on September 2011. The former Defensive Player of the Year was famously known for being a bad boy and dirty player on the court; and he was also one of the main man in the Pacers–Pistons brawl on November 19, 2004.
On September 4, 2014, World Peace returns for the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time, he signed a one-year deal contract with the team. In the 2016–2017 season, the 16-year veteran decided to sign again to the team, where he re-signed another one-year deal contract.
7) Jason Terry (10th pick, 1999 draft)
Terry is now officially a member of Milwaukee Bucks. He signed a one-year deal contract with the team on August 22, 2016.
The championship run of the Dallas Mavericks on 2011 would be not that successful without the help of the former Sixth Man of the Year, he is one of the big contributors in their Finals series against the Heat.
8) Jermaine O’Neal (17th pick, 1996 draft)
O’Neal is currently a semi-retired player. On February 17, 2015, he tweeted on his Twitter account that he’s not sure if he will retire or not.
O’Neal is a 6-foot-11 tall that can play both power forward and center position. In terms of his size, the six-time All-Star is also a good perimeter shooter and a great rim protector as well. He won the Most Improve Player award on 2001–2002 season.
9) Andre Miller (8th pick, 1999 draft)
Miller is a great playmaker, he is the 2002 Assists Leader. According to sources, the 40-year old point guard from California is 80, 90 percent sure that he’s retiring. He has no team yet for the upcoming 2016–2017 season.
In Miller’s 17-year career, he is the only player in the league to have 16,000 points, 8,000 assists and 1,500 steals without making an All-Star team.
10) Elton Brand (1st pick, 1999 draft)
Brand was the top pick way back in the 1999 Rookie Draft selected by the Chicago Bulls, where he shared the 2000 Rookie of the Year award with Steve Francis of the Houston Rockets. He averages 20.1 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game in his rookie year.
The 6-foot-9 New York native is a 2-time All-Star and the 51st player in history to reach 9,000 career rebounds. Brand has re-signed another one-year deal contract with the 76ers on September 7, 2016.
11) Nazr Mohammed (29th pick, 1998 draft)
On October 9, 2015, Mohammed officially retired from the league, but later on March 2016, he left retirement with a specific end goal to come back to the league. He signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 5, effective for the rest of 2015–2016 season.
The 6-foot-10 big man was a member of the 2005 San Antonio Spurs championship squad.
After Duncan announced that he’s no longer playing in the NBA for the next season, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday his message about the future Hall of Famer.
Although Duncan will no longer be in the court playing, Popovich don’t think that he’ll see Tim going up and down the sidelines much. Popovich said that he will do everything to keep Duncan around the Spurs as long as he possibly can, because Duncan means that much to everyone in the Spurs organization.
Tim Duncan officially called it quits. The 19-year NBA veteran, who is considered the best power forward of all time announces today that he will retire after playing 19 seasons in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.
Duncan, a five-time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014) has career season averages of 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.2 blocks in 34 minutes per game and averages of 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3 assists in the postseason.
A two-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003), three-time NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005), ten-time all NBA first team (1998-2005, 2007, 2013), three-time all NBA second team (2006, 2008-2009), fifteen-time NBA all star (1998, 2000-2011, 2013, 2015), eight-time NBA all defensive first team (1999-2003, 2005, 2007-2008), seven-time NBA all second team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009-2010, 2013, 2015) and an NBA rookie of the year (1998).
Tim Duncan along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili is part of the trio with the most wins in the regular season (575) and postseason (126).
Two superstar legends were already announce their retirement, the first one is Kobe Bryant who announced that he is retiring in the early part of the season last year.
SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2016) – Five-time NBA champion and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan announced retirement after 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.
Tim Duncan was drafted first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and became a key player which brought success in the San Antonio Spurs franchise. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabber as the only players to at least record 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career.
Along with five NBA championship trophies, Duncan’s achievements includes winning the 1998 Rookie of the Year, Two NBA MVP trophies and three NBA Finals MVP.
Duncan ties Kobe Bryant with five championships. With Tim Duncan’s retirement, an era has really ended. Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are two of the most iconic players during the 2000 era. Kobe Bryant announced his retirement during the mid-season last year. Sadly there would be no Duncan tour like Kobe.
San Antonio Spurs‘ winning streak remains, after hosting Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and came up victorious 95-99, January 14th 2016. This is the Spurs’ 32nd home game winning streak, and yes, they are yet to lose in 2016 at their very own AT&T Center