Tim Duncan


Virgins Islanders Athletes

Date of Birth (DOB): 4/25/76
From: Virgin Islands (U.S.)
Best Known for: 1999 NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs

Bio: Timothy Theodore Duncan was born on the island of St. Croix. His parents William and Ione also had two daughters, Cheryl and Tricia. Tim’s childhood dream was to become a swimmer like his older sister Tricia who swam in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, however after hurricane Hugo destroyed all of the pools on St. Croix in 1989 Tim shifted his focus to basketball. In 1992 Chris King, a recent NBA draftee and former Wake Forrest student saw Duncan playing at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal High School while visiting St. Croix to promote the NBA in the Caribbean. King convinced Wake Forest coach Dave Odom to recruit Duncan.

While at Wake Forest, Tim was named the NCAA National Player of the Year by the Associated Press, he could have left Wake Forest after his junior year to become the number one pick in the NBA draft, but decided instead to complete his degree in psychology, fulfilling a promise he and his sisters made to their mom before she succumbed to Breast Cancer; to earn a college degree (all three have graduated).

The San Antonio Spurs chose Tim as the first pick in the 1997 NBA draft. By season end Tim was voted as Rookie of the Year and was the only rookie selected for the 1998 All-Star game. A NBA championship would follow in his 2nd season (1999). A knee injury crushed Hopes of a repeat. Duncan has been a member of three USA Basketball teams.

He works with various charities including Children’s Bereavement Center of San Antonio, working with children who lost a parent at an early age. He also provides 25 tickets to each home game in a section cleverly titled “Timbuktu.” to children who would be otherwise unable to attend a game. In St. Croix, Tim is devoted to bringing sports and business opportunities to the island. Duncan continues to play in the number 21 jersey as a power forward for the San Antonio Spurs while endorsing high-profile products such as Nike.

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