Tim Duncan is one of the most respected and trophied NBA stars of all-time. Among all the MVP awards and championships he won in his long and illustrious career, he also won a Drazen Petrovic trophy on this date back in 1999. After they won the NBA finals against the Knicks earlier that year, the Spurs participated in the McDonalds Championship tournament that took place in Assago, near Milano Italy.
In 1994, it was decided the MVP award in this tournament will have Drazen Petrovic’s name, who passed away a year before. The concept of the championship is that the NBA champion plays against champion club teams from Europe, Australia, and South America. In this tournament, it was the first time a team from Asia participated. In the final game against the South American champion Vasco Da Gama from Brazil, Tim Duncan posted dominated the game on both ends of the floor.
The “Big Fundamental” was playing like a real MVP and finished the game with 32 points and 18 rebounds. He scored 20 points in the first half, and the Spurs built a comfortable lead coming into the third quarter. They would eventually win 103-68, by outscoring the Brazilian team 24-2 in the fourth quarter.
The Drazen Petrovic trophy is probably something you never heard Tim Duncan won. Nevertheless, it’s a great sign of respect Petrovic had in the international basketball community and who best to win it other than a player like Tim Duncan.