Tim Duncan reaches 15,000 career rebounds

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Tim Duncan is already a legend in the NBA who will be remembered long past his final days on the hardwood. The San Antonio Spurs star has been a mainstay of the most consistent franchise in the league for the past 19 years and has won five championships in that time.

During the Spurs' Thursday night 109-101 win over the Chicago Bulls, Duncan moved into an illustrious category as he became just the sixth player in history to record 15,000 rebounds. The 39-year-old pulled down three boards in 28 minutes of action to move onto 15,001 in his career. 

Ducan joins Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to reach the feat. But he still remains some way off Chamberlain, who leads the way with 23,924. 

The person in fifth place is Malone, but Duncan would have to go some way to catch him. The three-time MVP finished his career with 16,212 to put him 1,211 ahead of the Spurs man's current total.

Throughout his career, the 15-time All-Star has averaged 10.9 rebounds per game, but has not averaged double figures in a season since the 2009-10 campaign. His best year to date came in 2002-03 when he produced 12.9 per game to finish with 1043.

The Virgin Islands native has also amassed an impressive scoring record throughout his glittering career and sits 15th in the all-time charts. Duncan is ahead of Paul Pierce and below John Havlicek on 26,382 and is just 564 points behind Hakeem Olajuwon in tenth place. 

The two-time MVP is in the twilight of his career and the Spurs are ushering in a new age that is seeing Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldrige take over from the likes of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. 

However, the elder trio still have a role to play if the San Antonio Spurs and their legendary forward are to add a sixth ring to their collection. 

It has been a record breaking season for Gregg Popovich and his men as they chase the Golden State Warriors; currently holding a 55-10 record. 

Their achievements would put them at the top of the Conference in most seasons, but the 2015-16 campaign have been anything but regular as the Warriors have gone about breaking numerous records. 

The Spurs' win percentage of .846 is the third best in league history, but only the second best this season. They also hold an unbeaten home record this season, the only other team who can boast that? You guessed it.

The Spurs and Popovich will be suitably prepared come the playoffs and while the younger stars are beginning to take charge, there can be no success without Duncan and the old guard. 

His importance to the franchise cannot be understated; 15,001 rebounds and 26,382 points are just the tip of the iceberg.

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