Apr 25 2013 10:44AM

Father Time No Longer Undefeated

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Happy birthday to Tim Duncan, who turns 37 Thursday.

He is one of the few NBA legends to beat Father Time. And that is because he is FATHER TIMe.

Posting 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 30 minutes per game during the regular season is one thing.

Ranking Top 6 in both box-score efficiency and plus-minus stats past his mid-30s is another.

Only 20-somethings LeBron, KD and CP3 do stats like that.

Duncan--serving as the ultimate leader and big brother Spur to his San Antonio teammates--is now on his way to setting NBA marks that rank alongside the league's forefathers.

And he is doing so at an age where most of his future Hall-of-Fame brethren had already retired.

Did you know Karl Malone is the only player to have a Player Efficiency Rating as good as Duncan at the same age?

Did you know Shaquille O'Neal, John Stockton, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only players to earn All-NBA status at an age older than Duncan, should TD be named to his 14th All-NBA squad, as expected?

Did you know Duncan already leads all players in NBA history with 13 All-Defense honors and may very well pick up his 14th such award when the All-D's are announced in the coming weeks?

Timmy is just so timeless. When you sit back and see all the accomplishments happening in real time, it really does take the cake.

In this NBA Playoffs first-round showdown with the Lakers, Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner and Company are more than holding their own against future Hall-of-Fame duo Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, with the Spurs heading into Los Angeles on Timmy's birthday holding a 2-0 series lead.

Today, Duncan is 37 years old. And he is now 14 wins away from getting his birthday wish.