Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

Team-First Superstar
By Pounding the Rock


128 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $15.95 (CA $20.95) (US $15.95)

ISBN 9781629374079

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Dec 2016)
Benchmark Press


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In the 40 years the San Antonio Spurs have been in the NBA, Tim Duncan played 19 of them. A star from the moment he put on the Silver and Black, and productive through his final season, Duncan's career is among the best the league has ever seen. The Big Fundamental won Rookie of the Year in 1998 and his first NBA championship in 1999, on his way to five NBA titles, three NBA Finals MVPs, two NBA regular season MVPs, 15 All-Star game appearances, and countless other accolades. Perhaps most impressive, he achieved it all without putting himself before the team, and he left the game with his franchise still in contention for an NBA title.
Tim Duncan: Team-First Superstar is the ultimate tribute to the Spurs legend, covering 19 years of hardwood genius – including nearly 100 full-color photographs, giving fans a glimpse into the early days of Timmy’s career when he burst onto the NBA scene as the sidekick to David Robinson, to establishing the renowned Spurs culture with Coach Gregg Popovich, to avenging a 2013 NBA Finals loss to the Heat with a dramatic title in 2014. The book also explores Duncan’s status as one of the best teammates of all time, celebrating his relationships with fellow Spurs heroes Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. A must-have keepsake for Spurs fans and Duncan aficionados alike, Tim Duncan: Team-First Superstar is the perfect commemoration of an NBA icon; one of the most humble superstars in all of sports history.

Author Biography

Pounding the Rock is the official SB Nation blog of the San Antonio Spurs and a trusted source for information and analysis on the Spurs. J.R. Wilco is the General Manager of Pounding the Rock.

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Tim Duncan

Team-First Superstar

By Pounding the Rock / Edited by J.R. Wilco


Contact: Sam Ofman, Triumph Books, 312.568.5450,


Sometimes, in professional sports, an athlete earns the universal respect of his peers. Others may lead their teams to multiple championships. A handful of players transcend sport and become beloved figures in their hometown. Some players are known for their dominance, their personality, their work ethic, or their leadership. While every generation has its share of legendary players who can boast all of these traits, Tim Duncan is the only superstar who wouldn’t.


In Tim Duncan: Team-First Superstar (Triumph Books, December 2016), J.R. Wilco presents the best work from his staff at SB Nation’s Pounding the Rock in a collection that captures the experience of Tim Duncan’s career. Beginning with his arrival in the league from Wake Forest through his farewell season, this title brings value to Spurs fans of all stripes. Highlights include:


  • How Duncan’s game evolved to fit the changing styles of the NBA
  • A heartfelt open letter written to Duncan, thanking him for his remarkable leadership and contributions to the team
  • Behind-the-scenes anecdotes and analytics to entertain and enlighten diehard fans
  • A look at the unique relationship between Duncan and fellow NBA Champion Bill Russell
  • Full-color photography that captures Duncan’s dominance on the court and beloved place in San Antonio culture.

Tim Duncan: Team-First Superstar tells the story of a rare athlete. A man who resisted the spotlight and the fame his talent attracted, and quietly put together one of the greatest NBA careers of all time. No Spurs fan’s library is complete without this great new commemorative title.

About the Author:

Pounding the Rock is the official SB Nation blog of the San Antonio Spurs and a trusted source for information and analysis on the Spurs. J.R. Wilco is the General Manager of Pounding the Rock.