At 38 years old, San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan remains an extremely effective big man, likely one of the greatest players in the history of the NBA at this relatively advanced age. Nevertheless, we seem to have a pretty clear picture of what skills allow Duncan to succeed at this point in his career — a peerless grasp of fundamentals, knowledge of how to use space effectively, and all sorts of other qualities that emanate more from intelligence and experience than any physical dominance.
Early in Sunday night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals vs. the Miami Heat, Duncan reminded everyone watching that his athleticism is still pretty darn impressive. With a little more than 7:00 remaining in the first quarter, Marco Belinelli missed a short shot after sliding through some defenders. Duncan was there to clean up the miss with a very impressive follow dunk:
If this highlight isn't enough, please note that it made Duncan 13-of-15 from the field to start the series. These emphatic finishes might not be commonplace for Duncan these days — if they ever were — but it indicates just how great he can be in his 17th season.
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