Posts Tagged ‘Wake Forest Demon Deacons’

Happy Birthday Tim Duncan

NEW YORK - 1997:  Tim Duncan poses for a photo after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs at the 1997 NBA Draft in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of perhaps the greatest power forward in NBA history, Tim Duncan.

Born in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan grew up a competitive swimmer. As a teenager, Duncan took up basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Wake Forest. After four years at Wake Forest and numerous accolades, including being named the national college player of the year as a senior, Duncan graduated in 1997 and was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Over nearly two decades in the NBA, Duncan has helped lead the Spurs to five NBA championships, won two NBA MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVP awards, and been named an NBA All-Star 15 times. Duncan is the leading scorer in the history of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, and is currently 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders list with 26,496 points.

Tim turns 40 years old today. Happy birthday, TD!


VIDEO: Happy 40th Tim Duncan

Bragging Rights: Final Four matchups

by Micah Hart

We are down to the final four teams in the Bragging Rights challenge, with all four No.1 seeds advancing to the semifinals. Who will win? Check out the matchups and cast your vote to decide who will advance to Monday’s championship game! Voting ends Sunday night at midnight ET.

Once again, your Final Four contests:

West No. 1 Texas vs. Midwest No. 1 UConn
East No. 1 Wake Forest vs. South No. 1 Duke

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Bragging Rights Final Four: Wake Forest vs. Duke

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In our second Final Four matchup, it’s ACC-vs-ACC, where the top seed from the East meets the top seed from the South.

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes, through 3/31):

Chris Paul, Hornets: 21.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 0.1 blocks, 3.2 steals
Josh Howard, Wizards: 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 22.6 points, 15.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals
Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers: 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 blocks, 2.0 steals
James Johnson, Raptors: 15.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.8 blocks, 2.3 steals

Missed the cut: Darius Songaila, Sixers; Jeff Teague, Hawks; Ish Smith, Grizzlies

How they got here: Defeated Memphis in the Sweet 16, 68%-32%, whipped North Carolina in the Elite Eight, 66%-34%

Team synopsis: Wake Forest may not seem like much, but they do have the best point guard in the NBA and the greatest power forward of all time, which makes them pretty dangerous no matter who else is on the court. Howard may not be the All-Star he was in Dallas, but he can still be pretty dangerous. Aminu and Johnson are youngsters with talent who don’t get a ton of minutes, but their per-48 stats suggest that could change down the road.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: Elite Eight Recap

by Micah Hart

All the contests are now underway for the Bragging Rights Bracket’s Elite Eight. Make sure to check out all the games and cast your vote to decide who will advance to the Final Four! Voting ends Wednesday night at midnight ET.

Once again, your Elite Eight matchups:

West No. 1 Texas vs. No. 2 UCLA
Midwest No. 1 UConn vs. No. 3 Kentucky
South No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Florida
East No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 2 UNC

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Bragging Rights Bracket: East Regional Final



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In the Elite Eight, we go to an all-ACC battle for the East Region.

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes, through 3/27):

Chris Paul, Hornets: 21.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 13.0 assists, 0.1 blocks, 3.2 steals
Josh Howard, Wizards: 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals
Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers: 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.9 blocks, 2.0 steals
James Johnson, Raptors: 16.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.8 blocks, 2.3 steals

Missed the cut: Darius Songaila, Sixers; Jeff Teague, Hawks; Ish Smith, Grizzlies

How they got here: Defeated Memphis in the Sweet 16, 68%-32%

Team synopsis: Wake Forest may not seem like much, but they do have the best point guard in the NBA and the greatest power forward of all time, which makes them pretty dangerous no matter who else is on the court. Howard may not be the All-Star he was in Dallas, but he can still be pretty dangerous. Aminu and Johnson are youngsters with talent who don’t get a ton of minutes, but their per-48 stats suggest that could change down the road.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Wake Forest vs. No. 4 Memphis



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We move now to the East region, with No. 1 seed Wake Forest taking on Memphis, fresh off a win over Marquette in last week’s play-in game.

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Chris Paul, Hornets: 21.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 0.1 blocks, 3.3 steals
Josh Howard, Wizards: 17.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.5 steals
Tim Duncan, Spurs: 22.5 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.3 blocks, 1.2 steals
Al-Farouq Aminu, Clippers: 15.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 steals
James Johnson, Raptors: 15.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.9 blocks, 2.4 steals

Missed the cut: Darius Songaila, Sixers; Jeff Teague, Hawks; Ish Smith, Grizzlies

Team synopsis: Wake Forest may not seem like much, but they do have the best point guard in the NBA and the greatest power forward of all time, which makes them pretty dangerous no matter who else is on the court. Howard may not be the All-Star he was in Dallas, but he can still be pretty dangerous. Aminu and Johnson are youngsters with talent who don’t get a ton of minutes, but their per-48 stats suggest that could change down the road.

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