San Antonio Spurs: What Big Man Can Lead When Tim Duncan Retires?

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Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) and San Antonio Spurs former player David Robinson celebrates after game five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AT&T Center. The Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 to win the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 15, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) and San Antonio Spurs former player David Robinson celebrates after game five of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat at AT&T Center. The Spurs beat the Heat 104-87 to win the NBA Finals. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

It won’t be this year, but some day Tim Duncan is going to retire. The 38-year-old Duncan could retire next summer. Timmy could retire when he’s 40.

Or the Big Fundamental could play forever…

As unlikely as that is, let’s assume Duncan retires from the NBA within the next few seasons. Who will take over the reins of the San Antonio Spurs at the power forward/center position?

San Antonio’s center Tiago Splitter is an obvious choice, but who else? The Spurs’ other current big men include Jeff Ayres and Boris Diaw.

That’s not exactly the level of passing the torch from David Robinson to Tim Duncan, so for the fun of it let’s speculate who will be Timmy’s 7-foot predecessor.

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