Tim Duncan's future has been a big talking point throughout the campaign. After watching Kobe Bryant go out in style, many have been wondering when the center will call it a day.
After 19 years in the NBA that has yielded five championships, two MVP awards, three Finals MVP trophies and 15 All-Star selections, the veteran is now the second oldest active player in the league.
Ahead of last night's Western Conference semi-final game one, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant spoke about the longevity of Duncan.
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He said: “Tim Duncan could play until he’s 90. It’s not about him scoring 20 and getting 10 rebounds, it’s just his presence.”
The 40-year-old did not post impressive numbers against the Thunder. He didn't have to - Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge took it upon themselves to put the game to bed early.
However, much like the majority of this season, Duncan's presence around the camp and his experience of winning championships is vital to what San Antonio are trying to achieve.
The big man's impact on the stats sheet has certainly diminished - that was evident once again last night as he scored eight points.
But as long as he is able to get himself out on the court and feel fit, he is an asset to the franchise. His ability to read the game and create open space for others has not waivered despite his age.
Leonard and Aldridge are certainly the future in San Antonio, but Duncan is definitely part of the present.