Tim Duncan wins teammate of the year award

By David Kenyon
Courtesy of The Big Lead

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan has amassed five rings, three Finals MVPs and two regular-season MVPs during his 18-year NBA career, but the power forward just added another distinction.

Duncan was named the winner of the 2014-15 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, becoming the third player to receive the award since its inception.

According to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News, Duncan was truly appreciative of the recognition. The power forward said:

“I was really stoked when I heard about it, and it’s truly an honor.”

Duncan joins Chauncey Billups and Shane Battier on the currently short list. Battier will present the award to Duncan during the 2015-16 NBA season.

According to the Spurs official site, Duncan received 1,494 points—including 72 first-place votes—which presented a sizable margin in front of Vince Carter [Memphis Grizzlies, 818 points (28)] and Elton Brand [Atlanta Hawks, 707 (21)]. Pau Gasol and Andre Iguodala highlighted a collection of nine other finalists.

The 2015-16 season will likely be the 39-year-old’s final campaign, but he remains a critical part of the San Antonio roster.

Expectations have firmly planted on a championship since the Spurs added LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. However, Duncan is the only true defensive-minded post player in the anticipated rotation.

Duncan will be a tremendous teammate for one final season, and NBA fans would be wise to enjoy every fundamental minute of his final encore.