Tim Duncan has been on a roll this season leading the San Antonio Spurs in Tony Parker's absence and breaking records left and right these last two years.
He's been climbing up lists in various categories and cementing his legacy as one of the best big men in the history of the NBA.
Duncan is 14th in all time rebounds and only needs 16 to pass his former rival, Shaquille O'Neal. Duncan is at 13,084 rebounds entering tonight's game versus the Warriors while O'Neal is in 13th with 13,099 rebounds for all time in the NBA.
With the Spurs playing tonight, it may be a safe bet Duncan gets close to the record during the game.
The Warriors give up 43rpg to their opponents in a game and that may help Duncan surpass his average of 9.8rpg this game. Duncan has been averaging 11rpg the last four games he's played in and has been throwing vintage performances to make up for what the team has lost with Parker's injury.
Tim Duncan had a team-high 19 rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks who give up an average of 45rpg, a statistic that's pretty close to the Golden State Warriors' average. Duncan will most likely pass Shaq in the next two games that will be played in San Antonio and that'll give the home fans to show Duncan the proper reaction for passing one of the most dominant big men of his time in O'Neal.
After the Spurs play the Warriors, they'll meet the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
People compare Duncan to Garnett, strictly due to stats, when even in stats Duncan has better career averages in points and RBs. Duncan got a college education and Garnett didn't, the only difference stat-wise. Of course in every other way Duncan is superior - maturity, discipline, leadership... and rings of course.
In all-time rebounds after Shaq comes Hakeem, Wes Unseld, then Garnett who currently sits in 10th. Projected TD in top 10 in 2 more seasons, with Garnett remaining ahead.
All-time Duncan is #23 in scoring, projected at top 15 in 2 more seasons - with Nowitzki and Garnett remaining ahead - but with TD passing Ray Allen and Paul Pierce who are still active.
Blocks he is at #8 all-time, Shaq next, then Patrick Ewing, then our Admiral at #5. No one ahead who is still active.
TD has set several single game records this season, personally, for the Spurs, and the NBA. Just an amazing career and human being. Virgin Islands swimmer, to Wake Forest, to the Spurs. The Spurs are lucky!