Before even one game of the Spurs' 2012-13 season is contested, Tim Duncan already has made a significant contribution to the team's success.

By accepting an $11.5 million cut from the $21.15 million salary he earned last season, Duncan enabled the club to re-sign its most coveted free-agent players, add 2009 draftee Nando De Colo and still drop below the NBA's projected luxury-tax threshold for next season.

According to contract figures that have been officially released to all NBA teams, Duncan will be paid $9.64 million in the first season of the three-year deal he signed July 11.