Robinson, at 7-foot-1, and Duncan, at 6-foot-11, would play six seasons together, earning eight All-Star appearances and seven First-or Second-Team NBA All-Defensive Team choices. Duncan would also add two MVPs and two Finals MVPs.
They both played for the San Antonio Spurs, and during that time, they made the playoffs every year except the first. They even had a chance to win the title in 1999, but they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls 4-3 in Game 7 of the Finals.
After their second season together, when Robinson was 33 and Duncan was just 22, Robinson retired. He came back the next season, but then he went back to retirement after one more season. He returned for one final season at age 36 in 2004, when he averaged 2.9 points per game.
Duncan took over as the full-time center for the Spurs, and he has been doing an excellent job ever since. The team has won at least 50 games each year since Robinson's death, including five NBA championships.
In 2011, shortly before he died at age 44, Robinson was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Duncan is also in the Hall of Fame, having been selected in 2009.
Robinson and Duncan combined to make 11 all-defensive teams and win two MVP awards.
Duncan averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, three assists, and 2.2 blocks per game during 19 seasons, winning five NBA titles, 15 All-Star appearances, 15 All-NBA choices, 15 All-Defensive teams, three Finals MVPs, two regular-season MVPs, and rookie of the year. The San Antonio Spurs are in their 25th season without a title. They have not lost more than four games in a row yet still hold the record for most consecutive wins with 916.
Tim Duncan was a dominant force on both ends of the court, earning him the nickname "The Big Fundamental." He was a constant presence in the low post, using his strength to block shots and rebound against opponents who were often one or two players smaller than he was. On offense, he used his great touch around the basket to score over smaller defenders. His jumper was also very effective when left open.
Duncan's defensive ability made him one of the best power forwards in NBA history. In 2001, he was named the league's top defender by the coaches, and he finished second in voting for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
He is the only player in NBA history to win championships in three different cities: San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Miami.
Duncan has been called "the greatest power forward of all time" by some critics and "one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history" by others.
Despite his modest off-court life, Duncan has amassed an impressive CV in his 16-year NBA career, including two-time MVP, four-time NBA champion, 14-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA first team, and eight-time All-Defensive first team honors. He is also the only player in NBA history to average a double-double for an entire season (20.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg).
Duncan's ability to consistently produce at a high level over many years has made him one of the most successful players in NBA history. In 2009, he became just the third player in NBA history to join the 50,000 point club, and he is currently ranked fifth all-time with 12,973 points. Additionally, he is one of three players who have won Olympic gold medals while playing in America (the other two being Larry Bird and Michael Jordan)
Overall, there is no denying that Tim Duncan is one of the best power forwards in NBA history and a true superstar.