Tim Duncan Bio: NBA, Spurs, Girlfriend & Net Worth

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Tim Duncan, aka “the Big Fundamental,” is regarded as the greatest power forward of all time in the history of the NBA. Since 2019 he has worked as the assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs till 2020.

The former Spurs assistant coach’s net worth is $130 million as of 2024.

He wanted to pursue a career in swimming. But the wish was ruined by a hurricane that destroyed his hometown’s only available Olympic-sized pool.

Consequently, Tim began his basketball journey from high school and today reached the summit as one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA.

Tim Duncan With Spurs
Tim Duncan With Spurs (Source: N.B.C. Sports)

The 15-time NBA All-Star’s career is quite an aspiring success story. He has made a lot of fans attracting them with his outstanding style of play and leadership.

However, most of his fans may not know many facts about his personal and professional life. If you are one of those, you have chosen a great article. Let’s go!

Quick Facts 

Full Name Timothy Theodore Duncan
Birth Date April 25, 1976
Birth Place Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Nickname Timmy, The Big Fundamental
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Education Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal
Wake Forest University
Horoscope Taurus
Father’s Name William Duncan
Mother’s Name Ione Duncan
Siblings Two Sisters and a Brother
Sisters Cheryl Duncan
Tricia Duncan
Brothers Scott Duncan
Age 48 Years Old
Height 6’11″/211 cm/2.11 m
Weight 113 kg/250 lb.
Shoe Size 16
Build Athletic
Favorite Food Steak & Shrimp
Eye color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Profession Basketball Coach
Basketball Player (former)
Playing Position Center / Power Forward
Active years  (Senior Career) 1997-2016 (Player)
2019- 2020 (Coach)
Team San Antonio Spurs (Former)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried (In A Relationship)
Girlfriend’s Name Vanessa Macias (2013-Present)
Favorite Music Rap & Reggae
Net Worth $130 Million
Salary $10 million
Merch Jersey, Rookie Cards Posters
Last Update May, 2024

Family & Education

Duncan was born in Saint Croix, Virgin Islands. His mother, Ione, was a professional midwife, and his father, William, was a bricklayer.

The youngest of four siblings had two sisters, Cheryl and Tricia, and a brother, Scott.

Cheryl is a nurse who was initially a swimmer. At the same time, Tricia represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 1988 Summer Olympics for swimming. Scott is a film director and cinematographer.

The siblings had to face the grief of their mother’s death due to breast cancer a day before Tim’s 14th birthday.

Tim graduated from St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School. Later, he attended Wake Forest University for the higher studies.

Early Life & Swimming

In his school days, Tim aimed to reach the Olympic level at swimming, just like his sister. He was brilliant in swimming and stood out in the 50, 100, and 400 meters freestyle.

Unfortunately, the dream of representing the nation in the 1992 Olympics could not come true as Hurricane Hugo destroyed the single Olympic-sized swimming pool there. Besides, he did not swim in the ocean because he feared sharks.

At this instant, his brother-in-law encouraged him to pursue a career in basketball. Because of his tall build, he felt awkward at the time. But he overcame that in no time during his school days.

College Career

Duncan joined Wake Forest University, where he led the Demon Deacons to a 20-11 win-loss record in his first year.

Despite the interests of the Los Angeles Lakers, Duncan was determined to continue his education until graduation.

The Deacons won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in the 1994-95 season and the 1995-96 season.

Duncan proved to be the key player in both seasons’ campaigns, winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year on both occasions.

The three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year finished his senior season in the 1996-97 NCAA season with third Defensive Player of the Season and second ACC Player of the Season.

To summarize his college career, Duncan finished as the all-time leading rebounder in NCAA history with 15,091 rebounds and an all-time leading shot-blocker in ACC history with a 97-31 win-loss record.

Professional Career

Duncan was selected in the 1997 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs. He paired with David Robinson, popularly known as “Twin Towers.” Earning good impressions from the beginning, Duncan was voted to the 1998 NBA All-Star Game by coaches.

Duncan started in all 82 regular-season games in his first season. Everyone was lauding his performances and toughness, including his coach and peers.

In his second season, he again made it to the All-NBA and All-Defense First Teams with an average of 21.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.5 blocks.

Duncan helped the Spurs to win their first-ever NBA championship in 1999 with a 4-1 win against the Cinderella New York Knicks in the finals.

Tim Duncan With His 1999 NBA Final MVP Trophy
Tim Duncan With His 1999 NBA Final MVP Trophy (Source: The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)

However, the Spurs had to bow out from the Championships for three seasons.

Eventually, in the 2002-2003 season, they won it with an 88-77 defeat against the New Jersey Nets in Game 6. Duncan almost recorded a quadruple double to be the NBA Finals MVP in the game.

The Spurs’ Leader

After the prior captain, Robinson retired before the 2003-04 season, Duncan became the team’s new leader. With him, the team reached the Western Conference Semifinals, where they lost to Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

The next season, the Spurs reached the NBA playoffs. With 25 points and 11 rebounds, Duncan played a vital role in the defeat against the Detroit Pistons in Game 7.

The victory earned the Spurs their third NBA championship and Duncan his third NBA Finals MVP.

However, Duncan was out due to plantar fasciitis for most of the 2005-06 season. This was why he had a lousy record of 18.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game.

But he improved the next season and started the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. Also, he led the team to their fourth NBA Championships with a comfortable 4-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals. In contrast, Duncan didn’t win the Finals MVP.

Substandard Performances

Duncan played one of his worst playoff games in 2008 against the New Orleans Hornets. With their captain recording only 5 points and three rebounds, the Spurs were defeated 101-82. The same season Spurs lost the NBA championship to Los Angeles Lakers.

The 2008-09 season turned out even worse for the Spurs. Duncan’s performance declined as he was diagnosed with chronic knee tendinosis. Consequently, the Spurs were thrown out from the first round of the playoffs.

After eleven games of the 2010-11 season, Tim went to the Spurs’ record book as an all-time leading point scorer, and most games were played.

Some days later, he played his 1000th NBA game against Portland Trail Blazers. He had a 703-293 win-loss record of reaching there.

Duncan signed a contract extension with the Spurs in July 2012. With the team’s 58-24 record in the 2012-13 season, Duncan returned to the All-Star and the All-NBA First Team. However, they could not win the Championship this season too.

Championship In Each Of 3 Decades

The glory days returned to the Spurs in the 2013-2014 season. They ended the season with the league-best of 62 wins. Significantly, they won the NBA Finals 4-1 against Miami Heat.

This made Duncan one of only two players to win the Championship in three decades.

Late Playing Career

In April 2015, Duncan played his 1330th game. Later, in July, he extended his contract for two years. In November, Duncan had his 954th victory with one team, an NBA record, against the New York Knicks.

He was scoreless for the first time in his career against the Houston Rockets, ending his streak of 1359 games scoring at least one point.

Duncan retired from the NBA on July 11, 2016, after 19 seasons with the Spurs. The club retired his No. 21 jerseys on December 18.

Coaching Career

Duncan rejoined the Spurs as an assistant coach in July 2019. He had a 104-103 win against the Charlotte Hornets on his debut as an acting head coach on March 3, 2020.

On November 12, 2020, Duncan left Spurs as an assistant coach.

National Team

Duncan led the national team to qualify for the 2000 Olympics with a 10-0 finish in 1999. However, he missed out on the Olympics with a knee injury.

Later, after the 2004 Olympics, including Duncan, the U.S. Basketball team returned with only a bronze medal with a three-game loss.

Honors & Achievements

The five-time NBA Champion was NBA Finals MVP three times. He was the ACC Male Athlete of the Year and was honored by the House of Representatives in his college days.

The Rookie of the Year 1998 has been awarded “player of the year 1997” awards from the United States Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and Sporting News.

Tim Duncan, A Five-Time NBA Champion
Tim Duncan, A Five-Time NBA Champion (Source: Twitter)

Duncan has been on NBA All-Star Teams, All-NBA Teams, and All-Defensive Teams 15 times. Notably, he is the only NBA history player on All-NBA and All-Defensive teams in his first thirteen seasons.

The 2002 IBM Player Award and Sporting News MVP Award winner was ranked 8th in Slam magazine’s list of the top 50 NBA players. Sporting Illustrated titled him the NBA Player of the Decade 2000s.

His induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett is scheduled for May 2021.

Wife & Children

In July 2001, Tim married Amy Sherrill. They had a daughter, Sydney, and a son, Draven. The couple divorced in 2013.

After that, Duncan has been in a relationship with Vanessa Macias for a long time. They have had a daughter, Quill.

Net Worth & Salary

After a 19-year outstanding career with the San Antonio Spurs, Duncan is an assistant coach in the same club. Records suggest that he earned over $20 million in a season at the peak of his career.

Tim Duncan’s Net worth as of 2024 is approximately $130 million.

Duncan earns around $10 million yearly from his coaching duty at the Spurs and other endorsements.

He has run the Tim Duncan Foundation since 2001. Duncan received $7.5 million after he sued his former investment advisor for fraud which caused him to lose $20 million.

He bought a massive 2.25-acre land mansion near Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. The $1.25 million home has an outdoor fire pit, a double-height living room, a chef’s kitchen, five bedrooms, and four bathrooms. Later he put the house on the market for $1.2 million.

Duncan also loves cars and runs his auto customization shop. He has around nine vehicles in his collection. Probably, the most expensive in his collection is his Nissan GTR. The car can cost anywhere from $145,000 to $250,000.

Net Worth Of Tim Duncan In Different Currencies

Here is the net worth of Tim Duncan in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency and Euro.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 109,987,150
Pound Sterling £93,908,750 
Australian Dollar A$176,230,600 
Canadian Dollar C$164,536,450
Indian Rupee 9,565,549,500 
BitCoin ฿2,771 

The Search Graph

Tim Duncan is a famous basketball player who played with Spurs for 19 years. He was the Sports Illustrateds 2003 “Sportsmen of the Year.”

Tim Duncan, The Search Graph
Tim Duncan, The Search Graph (Source: Google Trend)

The graph illustrates the search rate for the past 12 months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is Tim Duncan‘s greatest inspiration in life?

Tim Duncan calls his late mother, Ione, the greatest inspiration in his life. He says he has never forgotten the nursery rhyme “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest / Until your Good is Better, and your Better is your Best” that his mother taught him.

Why is Tim Duncan “The Big Fundamental”?

The name “The Big Fundamental” came from Tim Duncan because of his “boring” simple but effective style of play. Sports Illustrated called him a “quiet, boring MVP” in 1999.

How many games did Tim Duncan play for the U.S. National basketball team?

Tim Duncan has played 40 games representing the U.S. Basketball teams.

Does Tim Duncan have Back Tattoo?

The Professional basketball coach has a massive tattoo on his back.

What is the Jersey Number of Duncan?

Duncan wor Jersey number 21.

Does Tim Duncan like Michael Jordan?

In a Dan Patrik show, Tim confessed that he did not like Michael Jordan.

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