Big Three Then, Big One Now

Tony Parker is out after injuring his leg in Game 2 versus the Rockets. Leaving Manu Ginobli as the lone and last member of the Big Three playing in the playoffs.

In 1997, Tim Duncan was drafted with the first overall pick of the NBA Draft.  Two years later, in 1999 Manu Ginobli was drafted with the 57th pick of the 2nd round of the NBA Draft. In 2001, Tony Parker was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, forming the third link to what would eventually become the winningest trio in NBA history.

After the 2015-2016 season, Tim Duncan formally announced his retirement after 19 seasons in the NBA. Now, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli may have played their last game together, with Ginobli looking at retirement following this season.

A look at the accomplishments both together and individually of these three players through fourteen seasons together:

With 541 wins, they are the winningest trio in the history of the NBA.


Combined, the three have appeared in 23 All Star Games.

Over fourteen seasons together, they have averaged (52.5) points a game.

Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich have recorded the most wins as a player coach duo with 953 .

The Big Three has won (4) NBA championships, and have a record of (129-82) in the post-season.

In Conclusion

Nobody wants to see the end of a dynasty, but the Big Three’s days are all but over. It will be harder for Parker to bounce back from this injury going into his 16th NBA season. Manu is likely looking at retirement, having played since 1999. 

They were the best trio that ever was. Dynasties such as this come and go, but as a wise man once said “banners hang forever.”

All stats and information provided by Basketball Reference, ESPN, and NBA.com. 

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